​​Optus Stadium - Matagarup Bridge

Matagarup Bridge connects people moving between East Perth, Burswood Peninsula and Optus Stadium. The bridge starts in East Perth at Nelson Crescent, south of Nile Street, and includes a special event bus stand to move patrons away from residential streets and connect them to the Perth CBD and car park facilities on event days.

The bridge is a key component of Optus Stadium transport plan and provides patron connectivity between Perth's CBD, East Perth and the Stadium. Further information is available from the Optus Stadium website.


Video: Matagarup Bridge - Arch Lifting Animation 

Latest news

Project update - 10 September

Matagarup Bridge is now open to the public, although works are continuing on non-game days to complete the project.

People heading to Optus Stadium for events can check Transperth’s website for details on how to get to the stadium with the bridge in place.

On event days, local road closures will be in place in East Perth as part of the event day transport plan. 

Completion works on non-event days include installing seating areas and shelter canopies on the bridge, removal of the temporary construction causeway rock material from the river, steelwork painting, final tidy up work on the bridge balustrades and some of the external cladding.

Application of the final ‘Omnigrip’ surface on the bridge deck will be carried out this month. The application is weather dependent as two to three consecutive warm and dry days are required to successfully prepare the concrete and apply the non-slip surface. During the works, public access to the bridge will be maintained at all times.

Pedestrians and cyclists will move past fenced areas on the bridge up to 200 metres long. In those areas at least 3.5 metres will be available to the public to provide safe access past the work. Each area is predicted to take three to four days to complete. Some ‘Omnigrip’ will also be applied at East Perth in the Matagarup Special Event Bus Stand area and at the base of the stairs which take pedestrians to the north of the bridge on the East Perth side.

Bridge users should be prepared to see construction activity on the bridge during this time. While access will be maintained, at times pedestrians and cyclists may be stopped for two to three minutes to maintain public and worker safety. We appreciate the public's understanding regarding the surfacing work as we bring the bridge closer to completion.

Full bridge access will continue to be provided on event days at Optus Stadium.

Construction Causeway removal – September to December 2018

Work is also starting this month to remove rock infill from the Swan River at Burswood. The crushed granite rock has been used to aid the construction of Matagarup Bridge by providing additional laydown area for the steel assembly and a temporary causeway for construction.

We have identified a re-use opportunity for the rock and will be trucking 150,000 tonnes of the material for recycling at the Reid Highway Dual Carriageway project in West Swan.

The rock loading and transport will start from 14 September at Burswood with limited loads until the full capacity trucks begin from 17 September.  The program is expected to run until the end of 2018. The program to remove rock in East Perth is anticipated to start in October, more information on this program will be provided soon.

Swan River navigation channel closure update

The navigation channel is now open to all vessels. A 60 m wide channel is available and marked with red and green channel markers north and south of the bridge. Two layers of silt curtains remain adjacent to the temporary construction causeways.

Out of hours work update

There is currently no out of hours work scheduled.

Scope of works

  • The bridge is approximately 72 metres tall at its highest point and stretches 370 metres from bank to bank, with a steel cable-stay span of 160 metres at its centre
  • There are approximately 8 metres between the water and the underside of the bridge
  • Only two piers are located in the river, respecting the area’s heritage and minimise the impact on the river
  • It is at least nine metres wide, wider at pause points and includes some shelter.​

 Image: New design during the day

Image: New design at night


 Image: Matagarup Bridge map


​Key benefits

  • Create a key element of the integrated transport management solution to move people to and from the Optus Stadium when it is completed in 2018, along with the buses and trains.
  • Offer a new connection from East Perth to the transformed Burswood Peninsula and Stadium.
  • Provide year-round access for local residents and the community to playgrounds, picnic and barbeque areas plus a network of walking and cycling tracks.


More information

Dynamic Testing flyer - July 2018

Piling impacts - April 2016

Animation - June 2015

Community Forum Presentation - 4 and 5 February 2015

Letter to Residents - 10 December 2013

Questions and Answers - December 2013

For more information on Optus Stadium, please visit the website or phone 9428 1961

Last Updated: 14 September 2018