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.
Funding has been allocated by both the Commonwealth and the State Government for the bridge works and construction is due to begin around September 2018.
To allow traffic to continue using Albany Highway in Williams, side tracks for both bridges will be constructed and a Bailey bridge will be installed over Williams River. Construction of the side tracks and the Bailey bridge will commence in early 2018.
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.