Famed Seventh Ave bridge to be replaced

16/Oct/2012

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The Seventh Avenue bridge... opened 99 years ago and  carrying 3400 vehicles a day, work will begin on a new bridge in 2014. Picture: Dominique Menegaldo www.communitypix.com.au   The Seventh Avenue bridge... opened 99 years ago and carrying 3400 vehicles a day, work will begin on a new bridge in 2014. Picture: Dominique Menegaldo www.communitypix.com.au Buy this photo

THE historically recognised Seventh Avenue bridge is set to be replaced, just one year short of its 100th birthday, as part of key road improvements to the Maylands and Mount Lawley area.

The bridge, which connects Mount Lawley with Maylands, was opened in 1913 and currently carries 3400 vehicles per day.

It is one of three upgrades announced by the State Government to the Maylands and Mount Lawley area, with the Third Avenue bridge between Railway Parade and Whatley Crescent also to be upgraded, along with the intersection of Guildford Road, East Parade and Whatley Crescent.

Both bridges will be replaced with steel and concrete bridges with wider traffic lanes, pedestrian and cycles paths, balustrades, and traffic barriers, however the design features of Seventh Avenue bridge will be agreed with the City of Bayswater to ensure heritage requirements are met.

Minor pre-construction works on the Seventh Avenue bridge have already commenced, while similar works on the Third Avenue bridge will commence in November.

Major works on both bridges are not expected to start until late 2014, with the State Government budgeting $16 million towards the upgrades.

The intersection of Guildford Road, East Parade and Whatley Crescent will feature $30 million of construction for additional dedicated turning lanes as well as the construction of a dual carriageway on East Parade between Guildford Road and the Graham Farmer Freeway.


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kerry

23/01/2014

why or why cant we upgrade this peice of local history using old building methods so its heritage and charm are maintained?? this 100 year old bridge adds so much character to the recently rejuvenated and invigorated precinct of whatley crescent and eight avenue. absolute disgrace that yet again the powers that be ignore what is left of our past. concrete and steel... unless it is a modern masterpeice with a twist i am not interested in it at all. history never repeats... it is precious full stop!

Aubrey

17/10/2012

i hope the bridge is aligned with the road for the Hundred Year Upgrade..
- but it could not be done if the Overhead Height signage Gantries had not been sorted out at last ( thankfully)
It took 100 years to sort that out!

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