Pinjarra Suspension Bridge Refurbishment

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Consultation has concluded


Pinjarra’s iconic suspension bridge is receiving a facelift and we want to know what you think about the design.

Built and designed by the 22nd Construction Regiment of the Australian Army in 1985, the bridge recently underwent a structural inspection which revealed the need for works on its:

  • Substructure (towers and cables)
  • Superstructure (railings and decking)

The refurbishment is being undertaken to:

  • Increase the life of the bridge for a further 50 years
  • Improve access by elevating the deck height to align with the town square
  • Create opportunity to incorporate lighting into a future design

Have your say:

We are asking you to review the proposed works and let us know if you're supportive of the refurbishment direction. The proposed design mimics the current bridge's look and character.

Design outcome:

  • Maintain 1.2 metre width (increase active width from 0.8 metres to 1.1 metres)
  • Replace bridge deck and railings
    • Bridge deck will have a timber look and feel
    • Railing redesigned to increase width for pedestrians
  • Replace columns with steel
    • Incorporate outer skin to mimic timber
  • Lift height of bridge to align with town square
  • Test main cables and replace if required
  • Modify anchor block if required

View concept design

Opportunities:

  • Increase bridge width to 1.8 metres wide to meet Bridge Design and Disability Access Standards (active width 1.7 metres) and install new anchor blocks to suit new width
  • Design lighting to highlight bridge features

The project is supported by the Australian Government’s Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications via the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure COVID Program.

Image credit: Visit Mandurah and Russell Ord Photography



Pinjarra’s iconic suspension bridge is receiving a facelift and we want to know what you think about the design.

Built and designed by the 22nd Construction Regiment of the Australian Army in 1985, the bridge recently underwent a structural inspection which revealed the need for works on its:

  • Substructure (towers and cables)
  • Superstructure (railings and decking)

The refurbishment is being undertaken to:

  • Increase the life of the bridge for a further 50 years
  • Improve access by elevating the deck height to align with the town square
  • Create opportunity to incorporate lighting into a future design

Have your say:

We are asking you to review the proposed works and let us know if you're supportive of the refurbishment direction. The proposed design mimics the current bridge's look and character.

Design outcome:

  • Maintain 1.2 metre width (increase active width from 0.8 metres to 1.1 metres)
  • Replace bridge deck and railings
    • Bridge deck will have a timber look and feel
    • Railing redesigned to increase width for pedestrians
  • Replace columns with steel
    • Incorporate outer skin to mimic timber
  • Lift height of bridge to align with town square
  • Test main cables and replace if required
  • Modify anchor block if required

View concept design

Opportunities:

  • Increase bridge width to 1.8 metres wide to meet Bridge Design and Disability Access Standards (active width 1.7 metres) and install new anchor blocks to suit new width
  • Design lighting to highlight bridge features

The project is supported by the Australian Government’s Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications via the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure COVID Program.

Image credit: Visit Mandurah and Russell Ord Photography


Share your thoughts

Don't forget to also vote in the poll.

We fully support the proposal to upgrade the Suspension Bridge. The upgrade of the Town Square adjacent to the old Post Office, upgrade of the lower level to river bank, car parking behind the Old hotel site, together with picnic tables and barbecue, and the walkway linking this area to Cantwell Park is a most welcome addition to the town, and a great invitation for travellers to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of the area.
Upgrading the suspension bridge with the proposed lighting will bring that into a more fitting part of the area, and apart from some further development behind the old hotel, will be fitting with the rest of the area mentioned above. The proposed upgrade will extend the life of the bridge for many decades, reducing ongoing costs of regularly required maintenance as is the case at present.
We like the lighting effects on the new town bridge in Mandurah, and hope the suspension bridge upgrade will hold a similar night time attraction.

Mr. B. 10 months ago

Looks great, just have to plan for regular maintenance because this deck was only completely re-done about 20 years or so back (Johnny Gilbert did it) with beaut new jarrah, and the Mainstreet group did annual oiling of it but that has stopped these days.
Will be a major asset to our town once again.
Only major comment and I hope this is taken on board - PLEASE incorporate some form of safety release for the sides in the design so that it can be opened in the event of a major flood - to let the water flow through instead of building up against the sides (with debris) and just blowing the whole bridge away.
The last big flood of July/August 1996 came up to the decking and was just washing over the sides when it peaked, on that flood, the water was about a metre under the road bridge because John Tuckey came up in his tinny and had to lie flat to get under the road bridge but couldnt get past the swinging bridge.
But the last real big flood was January 1982 when the water came up to the deck of the road bridge so was about 1.2-1.4 metres higher than 96 however the swinging bridge wasnt built at that stage or it would have just gone.
We need to protect this asset so please consider some form of contingency plan when upgrading it this time so it will last in the event of a flood
And dont say that they dont happen any more - just look around the country where this sort of thing has occurred out of the blue and destroyed many locations and lives - it can happen and probably will again one day no doubt.
We just need two big lows to dump heaps of rain about 7-10 days apart lie what happened in 82 and the first one raises the river levels to full flood (or even just a decent push), then the second front and storm system forces a storm surge into the estuary blocking the river from flowing out and presto - big flood. Yep the Cut is there but in that 2 step NW storm event like 82, that would permit massive amounts of water to flow in, much more than ever could back then.
Just consider it please and see if it can be safeguarded - call me if you want to discuss - I have been on about this for years now, ask Brett F lol
Good luck, lets make this happen

Laurie Preston 10 months ago

This is an under rated attraction for Pinjarra with most tourists stumbling across it by accident when using the toilet facilities.
The improvements including lighting will be most welcome. Whilst I live in South Yunderup, my grandchildren love walking the bridge.

Geoff Fuller 10 months ago

Love the lights and increasing with width for easier access
Landscaping looks impressive.
Any plans for the old deck, could a sculpture or art work be made form the old timber with a plaque acknowledgement?

Cheryl 10 months ago

I think the new design looks beautiful and should be embraced.

Amanda Stoneham 10 months ago

Shire of Murray I love the look of it I think it would look great however I'm also very into preservation of History so if you're going to replace the deck and you're going to replace the timber posts with steel what is actually going to be left of the original historical Bridge? Some cabling?
I am all for replacing the deck and the wire on the sides and putting lights underneath and raising the bridge but if you remove the timber posts you are removing the complete original heritage of the bridge. There would be no history left, because you removed it all and the original bridge would be nothing.

Beverley Thompson 10 months ago