Transport Minister Rita Saffioti today unveiled a $3 million refurbishment of the 47-year-old Mount Street Pedestrian Bridge, which runs over the Mitchell Freeway and connects St Georges Terrace with Kings Park.
A new pre-cast concrete mast, weighing 31.7 tonnes and measuring 14.3 metres long, has been installed on the 73.5 metre bridge, along with LED feature lighting on the mast and deck, which can be programmed to coincide with lighting at Optus Stadium and the Matagarup Bridge.
Additional works undertaken as part of the project include:
- replacement of central mast and stay wires;
- application of protective and anti-graffiti paint; and
- reinforcement of the balustrade.
The upgrades also provide improved links to and from the Perth CBD for people riding and walking.
The McGowan Government has committed $146 million over four years to expand Perth’s cycling network by 150 kilometres, including the recent installation of a new cycling bridge over Scarborough Beach Road.
As stated by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
“The $3 million refurbishment of the Mount Street Bridge will make it easier and safer for cyclists and pedestrians to access Perth CBD and Kings Park.
“An exciting feature of the new and improved Mount Street Bridge is the addition of the LED lighting, meaning it can be lit up in the same colours as Optus Stadium and Matagarup Bridge.
“We are committed to finding innovative solutions to busting congestion and encouraging people to cycle or walk to work promotes healthy living and helps get cars off our roads.
“We have allocated $146 million over the next four years to increasing Perth’s cycling network by up to 150 kilometres.
“We have already seen significant progress with improving the shared paths and fixing gaps identified as problematic by the cycling community, including along the Mitchell Freeway with the installation just last week of the new cycling bridge over Scarborough Beach Road.”