The official opening of the Abraham Street bridge and roundabout at the intersection of Abraham Street and Utakarra Road marks the completion of the Karloo Wandina project, which began with the construction of Verita Road (stage 1) in July 2013.
The staged development of the Karloo Wandina Project over the last three years has been one of the City’s largest Capital Works projects to date totalling more than $25 million.
The full Karloo-Wandina Project project received a total of $13.97 million of Royalties for Regions funding, through the Mid West Development Commission's Mid West Investment Plan (MWIP).
The $9.8 million Abraham Street bridge and roundabout represent stage 2 (and final stage) of the project. Stage 2 was allocated $5,970,000 of RfR through the MWIP, $1.03 million from the Australian Government Building Better Regional Cities Program and $2.82 million from the City.
City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said many local contractors had directly benefitted from the project.
“The 65m long bridge over the Southern Transport Corridor that connects Verita Road with Abraham Street has created an important link between the northern and southern suburbs,” he said.
“The project has injected more than $15 million into the local economy by employing more than 20 local contractors who provided products or services during the construction of the project.”
The project has also resulted in improved community safety and convenience.
“Before the bridge opened there were more than 1600 traffic movements a day on Verita Road and we expect this number will increase as motorists take advantage of the new linkage the bridge provides,” Mayor Van Styn said.
Commission Chairman, Hon Murray Criddle called this a very strategic project that opens up a range of residential and commercial growth opportunities for the City and the region.
"Ultimately these linkages will connect current and future residential areas with local shopping precincts, public and private schools, employment nodes and major activity centres such as the existing Eighth Street sporting complex," he said.
"This project is a great example of how the private sector and Local, State and Federal government can work together to bring opportunities to life for regional communities."
Picture Caption: Member for Agriculture the Hon. Paul Brown MLC, City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn and Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price MP cut the ribbon - officially opening the Abraham Street bridge.