WORK on the new $7.1 million Buckingham Bridge will begin later this month and should be finished by mid-2013.
The 25m-long, pre-cast structure with reinforced concrete walls will be built immediately south of the existing temporary bridge.
The temporary structure was built after the timber bridge, built in 1935, collapsed during the Kelmscott Roleystone bushfire in February last year.
The loss of the bridge split up firefighting efforts and caused major traffic detours.
The bridge connects Brookton Highway over the Canning River.
The cost of the new bridge will be covered by the WA Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements and the Natural Disaster State Contingency Fund.
Darling Range MLA Tony Simpson said the design would include new approaches to the bridge from the east and west with better sight lines.
There will be no road closures or detours during construction.
“I welcome the delivery of the new Buckingham Bridge after detailed design work. It will complete the major public works following this disastrous fire,” Mr Simpson said.
A Main Roads spokesman said the contract was awarded to Bocol Construction and the temporary bridge would be used while the permanent replacement was built.
Armadale chief executive Ray Tame said the bridge was a significant project and while there was some urgency, the City appreciated the rebuild required consultation and a complex design stage.
“We are pleased the bridge is at the stage it is at now and look forward to the new bridge being completed,” Mr Tame said.