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.