When will construction start?

    It is anticipated construction will begin late 2021/early 2022, subject to environmental and other statutory approvals.

    Will the new bridge be bigger than the current one?

    We are replacing like for like - two lanes in each direction with the addition of a median and higher standard paths for people walking and riding. The bridge currently carries 23000 vehicles a day and at peak times is congested. If it were reduced to a single lane in each direction, the traffic queues and congestion would impact the entire surrounding local Fremantle road network. To ease congestion, we are upgrading the intersection of Canning Highway and Queen Victoria Street as part of the project.

    Will the two lanes though North Fremantle become four as part of the project?

    No.  North of Tydeman Road will remain two lanes as it is now.

    Why can we not upgrade the current bridge?

    The Fremantle Traffic Bridge was built in 1938 as a temporary structure and has served its function well. 

    However, the bridge's structure has been deteriorating over a number of years and, despite extensive strengthening and maintenance works (including a highly disruptive closure in 2016), the bridge needs to be replaced.

    In the last five years, maintenance works on the bridge have cost $23 million.

    A replacement bridge offers the opportunity for modern standard cycling and pedestrian facilities, and improvements to passenger and freight rail services

    How much will it cost?

    The project has been allocated $230 million of funding by the State and Commonwealth governments.

    What will you do with the community feedback?

    We’ve developed a broad alignment and are now working to develop a reference design that incorporates community feedback while continuing to understand the environmental and engineering constraints.

    Your feedback will help us develop the urban design and landscaping, as well as the heritage interpretation strategy for the project. 

    What will the bridge look like? Will it be an iconic, gateway structure?

    A concept design is currently being developed within the environmental, engineering and technical constraints of the site and will be informed by the urban landscape and design framework.

    Once an alliance contractor is appointed to the project (anticipated early 2021), the detailed design process will begin to refine the ultimate look and feel of the new bridges.

    Is the bridge heritage listed? What does that mean?

    The bridge is on the State Heritage List and the State Register. More details are at: 

    http://inherit.stateheritage.wa.gov.au/Public/Inventory/PrintSingleRecord/f37d2c6e-9820-4f76-bfac-e532e3955152

    We are working closely with the Heritage Council of WA and we have engaged a heritage consultant to develop a heritage interpretation strategy, which will be informed by a detailed investigation into the history of the bridge.

    We have a made a commitment to retain up to 19 metres of the existing bridge over the water. Other opportunities that will be investigated include:

    • Re-using the remaining timber within the project area 
    • Seeking community involvement and feedback
    • How the heritage of the crossing is interpreted in the project.

    What happens to the timber from the existing bridge if it is not used for the project?

    Once we are aware of what timber may be used within the project scope, we will then investigate options for the remaining bridge timbers.

    How will the new PSP connect to the current foot/cycle paths?

    We are undertaking a connectivity assessment to determine how the bridge connects into the existing path networks.  


    How long has this project been planned?

    Planning for the bridge replacement has been ongoing for many years.  In 2014, the Fremantle Traffic and Rail Bridges Vessel Impact Protection Project was undertaken by Main Roads and the Public Transport Authority to improve safety at the Fremantle Traffic Bridge and the Fremantle Railway Bridge over the Swan River. This included repairing 60 piles on the traffic bridge and reinforcing the fender system with metal structures. At the rail bridge, concrete dolphins (or bumpers) were built downstream to absorb the force of an impact with a vessel. 

    Extensive planning and project development is now underway to finalise the scope and progress approvals for construction. This work includes:

    • stakeholder consultation to identify and resolve various issues/constraints, including close liaison with potentially impacted landowners 
    • concept design, geotechnical and site investigations, traffic modelling and environmental assessments to inform environmental processes and approval
    • community engagement, which builds on significant work undertaken since 1997.

    Will there be noise walls for North Fremantle?

    Main Roads' projects must comply with the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) Road and Rail Noise Policy (State Planning Policy 5.4). Noise modelling will be undertaken to determine measures to comply with the policy.

    How will you manage construction impacts, including access, noise, dust etc?

    Construction works are anticipated to begin in late 2021. There are some investigation works required in the project area, including the river. We will provide information about those works closer to the time.

    We understand concerns regarding the impact of project works on the local community and will work with affected stakeholders in the area prior to, and during, investigation and construction works to address these concerns.  

    A series of management plans will be developed to ensure noise, dust and vibration is limited to acceptable levels and measures will be implemented to mitigate all potential construction impacts.

    Will there be further consultation on urban design and landscaping

    Yes. We are hosting a series of community information sessions at the below dates and venues to determine key objectives for this element of the project. 

    • Monday 17 August 3pm-7pm at the Town of East Fremantle Hall (upstairs). 
    • Saturday 29 August 9.30am-1.30pm at the Tradewinds Hotel.
    • Wednesday 2 September 5pm-8pm at the Tradewinds Hotel.