Fremantle is gearing up for a significant change in its cityscape with the upcoming replacement of the Fremantle Traffic Bridge. This new bridge — unique in the fact that it will be Australia’s first extradosed design — is a result of thoughtful engineering and active community participation.
The design has evolved considerably since its initial unveiling last year, shaped by insightful feedback from the residents of Fremantle. The revised plan strikes a balance between maintaining the city’s character as a welcoming gateway and practicality, keeping the existing road layout unchanged — a change that resonated well with the local community.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti commented, “extensive stakeholder and community consultation has been underway since 2019 and we have heard many differing views about what the project should deliver including its design and location.”
“Replacing the bridge in the same position as the existing Fremantle Traffic Bridge and maintaining the existing road layout reflects community and stakeholder desires for a smaller construction footprint with minimal impact to the southern escarpment and the existing Queen Victoria Street and Canning Highway intersections.”
This project is more than just an infrastructural upgrade; it’s a reflection of Fremantle’s dedication to blending progress with its rich cultural heritage. In a celebration of the city’s artistic legacy, the new design ensures the beloved Containbow art installation continues to be a prominent feature of Fremantle’s landscape. This decision highlights the city’s commitment to integrating development with cultural appreciation.
The construction process, anticipated to last around 12 months from a start date no earlier than 2025, has been planned to minimise disruption to daily life in Fremantle. Learning from the construction of the Fitzroy River Bridge, the project aims to limit inconvenience to the community. Main Roads will engage closely with local businesses and residents, ensuring effective traffic management and communication throughout the construction period.