Iconic bike bridge to shape Perth

A striking cable-stayed bridge project taking shape in Perth will significantly improve riding experiences for bike commuters.

The $100 million Causeway Pedestrian and Cyclist Bridges project consists of two bridges linking the Perth CBD and McCallum Park in east Perth via Heirisson Island.

More than 3000 bike riders and pedestrians travel the route, over the Swan River and along an existing causeway constructed in 1952, daily. It features two motor vehicle lanes in each direction and a narrow two-metre-wide shared use path, and has long been in need of improvement.

The under-construction Causeway Pedestrian and Cyclist Bridges will not just improve the route but reinvent it as a dedicated corridor for active travel. Both bridges will be installed west of the existing causeway and span six metres.

Ground and piling works have been ramping up in recent months and, next month, marine construction is set to begin. Meanwhile, the deck is being manufactured in segments and will be transported by road to the construction site along with the pylons.

In recognition of the history of the Noongar Aboriginal people of the area, two of the three pylons will take the shape of wannas (digging sticks) and the third will be in the shape of a koylie (boomerang). The bridge will feature an S-shaped curve to represent the Wagyl (rainbow serpent).

The Causeway Pedestrian and Cyclist Bridges project is being funded by $50 million from the Australian Government and $50 million from the Western Australian Government. Construction is scheduled for completion in late 2024.

"We are making extensive investments into infrastructure and transport for the future," says Premier Roger Cook. "The Causeway Pedestrian and Cyclist Bridges will be a major landmark in Perth that will attract more people riding and walking to the CBD.

"Our Government is investing significantly to improve access, vibrancy and liveability in the CBD, and in doing so we're helping support local jobs and businesses."

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