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19th of July 2018


The first walk across the Matagarup Bridge linking Perth Stadium to East Perth

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It was pure chance that the first walk across a bridge that has been plagued by delays was overshadowed by dark clouds and rain.

The Matagarup Bridge, linking East Perth to the new Perth Stadium, has been years in the making.

On Wednesday, scores of local workers who had helped construct the bridge were joined by government officials to take the first test walk across the new structure.

External Link: Facebook Live Matagarup Bridge

The rain cleared just long enough for the group to take in the large, black and white, rollercoaster-esque shape of the 350-metre-long bridge.

Premier Mark McGowan, Transport Minister Rita Saffioti and other officials were joined by more than 100 workers in fluoro jackets and hard hats who walked across the bridge's wide deck, which includes large planter boxes in the middle sections.

workers in high viz walking across Matagarup Bridge

It's been a marathon project that's used:

740 cubic metres of concrete in the past week alone36,000 bolts5,200 cubic metres of cement900 metres of programmable LED lighting

The WA Government took ownership of the bridge in March last year — it was originally part of the former Barnett government's stadium precinct plan.

It was supposed to open towards the end of 2016, but was already well behind schedule when Labor terminated the contract with the original Malaysian-based manufacturer.

Construction issues continued to lengthen the much-anticipated opening, but the State Government said it was confident it would open for the public before the Fremantle Dockers game at Perth Stadium on July 15.

A man and a woman walk across a bridge with workers in high-vis gear behind them.

WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the bridge would be tested over the next week or so, allowing technicians to make any necessary final adjustments.

"It's now just the testing and the tuning, so as you can see structurally it's there," Ms Saffioti said.

"(It's just) the finishing touches and we don't think the weather will have any impact."

Ms Saffioti has long said she would like the public to be able to climb the bridge, but she said other ideas were also being considered.

Workers in high-vis holding their hard hats aloft on a bridge with the WA Premier in the foreground. Read More

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