The Western Australia (WA) Government has revealed plans to replace the Congdon Street Bridge, a link between Swanbourne and Claremont in the state. 

Built in 1910, the Congdon Street Bridge spans the Fremantle Line. 

The state budget for 2024-2025 has set aside A$38m ($24.99m) to construct a new bridge on Claremont Crescent that will follow the same route as the existing one. 

The three-year project entails building a new, better structure with more clearance, as well as an enhanced shared route that runs parallel to the train line between Perth and Fremantle. 

This initiative is aimed at enhancing safety and reducing maintenance costs. 

The new structure will be designed to minimise disruptions to commuters by preventing closures. 

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The project is also seen as an opportunity to improve capacity and accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists, as well as to enhance the local streetscape.  

Early designs include considerations for potential future development on land adjacent to the bridge, leveraging its proximity to Swanbourne Station. 

A thorough evaluation of the bridge’s future is said to have concluded that a full replacement is the most beneficial course of action for the community.  

To maintain community connectivity during construction, a temporary bridge will be erected west of the current bridge.  

WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said: “The bridge is used by more than 5,000 vehicles daily and represents a critical link for residents, businesses, schools and commuters in the Swanbourne community. Many considerations were taken into account before determining the best solution for this project.  

“The state government has commissioned extensive detailed design work over the past few years, ensuring the new structure meets safety, access and design standards. A key component of this planning process has included feedback from the community and stakeholders during consultation for this project.”