The existing level crossing at Thomas Road in Byford will be reconfigured to a road-over-rail bridge.
Early work on removing the level crossing is underway, marking the start on the Byford Rail Extension.
The new road bridge over Thomas Road, delivered by Main Roads WA, is one of several projects fast tracked by the McGowan Government to boost local jobs and the economy through COVID-19.
The Thomas Road over rail bridge will help reduce congestion at the eastern end of Thomas Road and improve safety in the area.
The Byford Rail Extension - Thomas Road over Rail project includes:
- a new bridge with Thomas Road elevated to pass over the rail corridor with two lanes in each direction, with the bridge to be constructed slightly to the north of the existing Thomas Road alignment, between South Western Highway and Wungong South Road;
- modifications to local roads, with Butcher Road connected to Vlasich Road via a new underpass;
- a shared path on the bridge for cyclists and walkers;
- noise walls; and
- landscaping and revegetation.
Construction onsite commenced in mid-2021:
- recent activity has included extensive services relocations, clearing, construction of a temporary alignment on Thomas Road and the relocation of the level crossing boom gates;
- works are underway to construct footings for the new bridge over the rail line;
- the bridge will start to take shape over summer, with the installation of Mechanically Stabilised Earth walls on either side; and
- this will be followed by backfill and placement of bridge beams in early-2022 with project completion scheduled for early-2023.
This work is being led by Main Roads Western Australia. You can find out more via their project page. You can also learn more in the fact sheet.