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Bridge in Belhus to receive major upgrade

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Barnaby Joyce Deputy Prime Minister Minister for Infrastructure and Transport

Christian Porter Federal Member for Pearce

Rita Saffioti

WA Minister for Transport, Planning; Lands

31 January 2018

Bridge in Belhus to receive major upgrade

 $2.05 million upgrade on the way for ageing Swan Valley Bridge over Ellen Brook  Upgrade to extend lifespan of crossing used by an average of 14,000 vehicles a day  Project funded by Australian and Western Australian governments and City of Swan

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Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Barnaby Joyce said the Australian Government would provide $1.26 million to the $2.05 million upgrade, comprising $800,000 from the Roads to Recovery Program and $460,000 from Financial Assistance Grants.

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Western Australian Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said the bridge over Ellen Brook was built in 1959.

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Federal Member for Pearce Christian Porter said drivers would welcome the upgrade of the bridge and could expect to see plenty of activity on site.

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West Swan Road is now temporarily closed between Gnangara Road and Millhouse Road for approximately 12 weeks to allow major construction to get underway.

The upgrade is funded by the Australian Government ($1.26 million), Western Australian Government ($430,000) and City of Swan ($360,000).

Media Contacts For Mr Joyce: Kate Barwick 0408 072 809

For Ms Saffioti: Joel Kelly 0437 055 803

For Mr Porter: Ella Cahill 0419 198 142