Pinjarra Suspension Bridge Refurbishment

  • Project typeBridge Maintenance
  • Completion Date31 December 2021

Assessments have highlighted the need to address issues with the bridge’s towers and the differing surface levels of the Town Square and bridge deck which have created a decline non-compliant with accessibility standards. 

Works will ensure the popular attraction and pedestrian crossing, continues to be enjoyed by residents and visitors well into the future.

Timeline

Funding Secured

July 2020

  • Funding received from the Australian Government’s Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications via the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure COVID Program

Community Consultation

October – November 2020

  • Design feedback sought

Tender for Construction

February - April 2021

Tender Award

Late-May 2021

  • Tenders rejected due to the prohibitive discrepancy between initial cost estimates and tender submissions

Re-Scope, Re-Design and Pricing

June - July 2021

Tender for Construction

July - August 2021

Tender Award 

Late-August 2021

  • Jonor Construction Pty Ltd endorsed as the preferred tenderer by Council at their August Ordinary Meeting

Works | Currently Underway - Bridge Closed to Pedestrians

October 2021 - January 2022

Who originally built the bridge and why?

The bridge was constructed by the 22nd Construction Regiment (renamed 22nd Engineer Regiment in 2013), Royal Australian Engineers, Australian Army in 1985.

This Regiment consists primarily of reservists and in particular provides aid to local communities and emergency services during disaster response. The Regiment is also deployed overseas for humanitarian and peace-keeping missions.

Council had been looking for ways to better connect the residents of the east to the main street and decided that lobbying the Army to construct the bridge as a training mission was the best way forward. After a few years of correspondence, the bridge was built and officially opened on 10 November, 1985 by the Hon. Wendy Fatin MP, Member for Brand.

The project looked like it would not go ahead as the Federal Government agreed only to fund travel and labour. Alcoa of Australia Ltd stepped in to show their community support by not only donating materials, but also providing accommodation for army personnel during their stay in Pinjarra.

Shortly after the bridge was constructed, Arup were engaged to provide remedial works and strengthening, which included installation of a second main cable and larger anchor blocks.

   

Location

12 George Street, Pinjarra 6208  View Map

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