Claims earlier today by APEA raising concerns about the structural integrity of the Swan River Pedestrian Bridge are wrong.The bridge is still being constructed in Malaysia so Main Roads is not sure what the association has based its comments on. It is also disappointing and surprising that APEA would criticise engineering expertise in Australia.
Quality control for the fabrication of the bridge is assured with professionals from the Welding Technology Institute of Australia on site in Malaysia to oversee the work. In addition the contractor also has its own experts monitoring quality of the work. These controls will ensure the bridge meets Australian engineering standards - Main Roads will not accept a sub-standard product.
There are no components of the pedestrian bridge here in WA. The first of three sections will be delivered in April or May this year with the other two sections to follow.
Western Australian industry was provided with full, fair and reasonable opportunity to participate in the procurement process for the steel fabrication and did so.
There are steel sections which cannot be supplied from Australian steel mills which were sourced from overseas and required to meet Australian Standards.
Approximately 300 local jobs are being generated by the footbridge project and WA materials including concrete (5000m3), local quarry material for the temporary construction causeways (60,000m3) and all reinforcement steel form part of this project.