Joint Media Release

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Federal Member for Curtin, the Hon Julie Bishop MP 

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon Barnaby Joyce MP 

WA Minister for Transport, Planning; Lands, the Hon Rita Saffioti MLA

31 January 2018

Contract awarded for Ashton Avenue Bridge replacement

  • Ageing Claremont bridge to be replaced by the end of the year
  • Upgrade to improve traffic flow and safely support more efficient freight vehicles
  • Federal funding to be delivered under Bridges Renewal Program Round 

Claremont’s ageing Ashton Avenue Bridge has taken another step towards replacement with the construction contract awarded today.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Barnaby Joyce today announced Coleman Rail Pty Ltd had been awarded a contract valued at almost $8.4 million to complete the project.

“This project is jointly funded by the Australian and State governments under Round 3 of the Bridges Renewal Program. Across the country, this program is upgrading and replacing bridges to improve links between local communities and reduce business costs by supporting higher productivity freight access,” Mr Joyce said.

Western Australia Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said the old timber bridge on Ashton Avenue was built more than 100 years ago, and the current 12-tonne load limit had reached the end of its usable life.

“Replacing this ageing structure with a modern steel and concrete bridge that can support up to a 166-tonne load limit will ensure it is suitable for all vehicles,” Ms Saffioti said.

“Traffic flow will also be improved with the inclusion of a second traffic lane southbound, providing a dedicated right-turn lane on this busy route, while pedestrians and cyclists will benefit from upgraded facilities.”

Member for Curtin Julie Bishop welcomed the awarding of the contract.

“In consultation with the local community the bridge was identified as a key piece of infrastructure requiring replacement or upgrade. This is a good outcome for the Curtin electorate and for our local community who regularly use this route,” Ms Bishop said.

The bridge is scheduled to close on 1 February and be demolished on the weekend starting 23 February. The new bridge is expected to be completed by September 2018.  During the works, detours will be in place for road and shared path users. For more information on the Bridges Renewal Program, visit


Media Contacts

For Mr Joyce:                     Kate Barwick                      0408 072 809

For Ms Saffioti:                 Joel Kelly                             0437 055 803

For Ms Bishop:                  Kate Barcham                    0438 990 238