New bridge over the Ellen Brook one step closer
Published on 08 August 2017
The City of Swan is one step closer to building a bridge over the Ellen Brook after receiving more than $3 million in funding through the Coalition’s Building Better Regions Fund.
City of Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright said the funding, which was announced today, would ensure the $6.1 million project became a reality.
“This project has been one of the City’s top priorities so we are very pleased with today’s funding announcement and we would like to thank Senator Nash for the Government’s funding commitment and our local members for their support,” he said.
“A bridge over the Ellen Brook will not only provide an essential link for expanding nearby residential areas such as Upper Swan and Ellenbrook but help to develop employment areas north towards Bullsbrook as well.”
Ellenbrook Ward Councillor Cate McCullough said the bridge would make a huge difference to the community.
“It will provide the community with better access to surrounding roads and suburbs, improved travel times and help to reduce congestion in the area as well as create an alternate access point during emergency situations such as bushfires,” she said.
The economic benefits of the bridge, primarily driven by travel time savings, are independently estimated at $45 million over a 30 year period.
Construction of the bridge is expected to begin by the start of October, 2017 and take eight months to complete.