Main Roads Western Australia South Western Highway
Waroona Bridge Replacement
Project Overview After the devastating fire of January 2016 in the South West of Western Australia near Waroona which burnt more than 69,000 hectares of land and its perimeter was in excess of 392 kilometres. The fire destroyed more than 180 homes nearly completely wiping out the Township of Yarloop, dairy farms and surrounding infrastructure. The old timber bridge on Southern Western Hwy just south of Waroona Township was complete destroyed by the fire, collapsing the road leaving the South Western Highway closed for a period of time. More than 6800 vehicles use the South Western Hwy daily with 14% being heavy vehicles transporting good to and from Perth. MJB Industries in conjunction with Fulton Hogan were able to supply the Main Roads specification Box Culverts required for this project and the Highway was reopened within a 6 week period. The project will:
- Provide a safer and modern road and bridge with safety barriers
- Replace the existing deteriorating bridges with modern, durable structures with a longer life span and less maintenance liability and costs.
- Improve erosion control of the bridge and culvert structures, and protect the natural river bank using rocks.
- Cater for increasing traffic volumes, especially heavy vehicles.