Williams Bridge Improvements
Two bridges along Albany Highway in Williams, one at the southern end of Williams (over Williams River) and one at the northern end (over Coalling Creek) are being replaced as they are both beyond their design life and incur regular maintenance costs.
Albany Highway is a major regional route for heavy vehicles transporting freight and tourists. In Williams, the Albany Highway has an average daily traffic between 3,800 and 4,600 vehicles.
To allow traffic to continue using Albany Highway in Williams, a temporary bridge has been installed over Williams River from 26 November to end of 2019. Speed reductions will be in place and oversize loads (over 4 metres) will need to seek an alternative route.
In the week commencing Monday 4 February 2019, there will be intermittent lane closures on Albany Highway between Richardson Street and the bridge over Williams River for approximately two weeks.
Street parking on Albany Highway will not be possible at this time.
Access to some businesses between Richardson Street and the Williams Hotel will be via side streets only.
The intersection of Albany Highway and Brooking Street will also be closed at times and a detour will be signed via Richardson/New Street.
The intersection of Albany Highway and New Street will also be closed at times with a detour via Brooking Street.
We apologise for any inconvenience.
Scope of works
- Replacing Bridge 25 over Williams River with a new bridge and pedestrian footpath.
- Replacing Bridge 24 over Coaling Brook with a new bridge.
- Improving the road between the two bridges including intersection improvement Richardson Road.
Environment and community
Stakeholder consultation activities have been on-going since 2007 and have included presentations to the Shire of Williams Council, community workshops and the establishment of a Community Reference Group (CRG). The CRG was established to provide on-going updates on the project and to assist with key decisions. Nominations were invited from proactive local people and businesses.
The roadworks will be done in stages to minimise the impact to the businesses in Williams. Street parking will be limited during this time. All businesses will be open as usual during the works.