‘Living green’ for new bridge

THE colour scheme for the new $9.3 million Seventh Avenue Bridge in Maylands has been approved. It’s green.

Locals were involved in picking the verdure scheme for the noise walls and abutments. Maylands Park manager Dominic Cuscuna says it is a “living colour” that will add vibrancy to the area.

“It ties in with the greenery and trees in Maylands,” he says.

“Not too many bridges have a colour scheme like this and I think it’s far better than having some bland piece of infrastructure.

• Work underway. Top: The new colour scheme. Images supplied

• Work underway. Top: The new colour scheme. Images
supplied

“It will complement the public artwork beside the bridge as well.”

The original 1913 timber trestle and deck bridge was used to carry horses and carts, vehicles and pedestrians over the railway line. The replacement will span more than 80 metres and include footpaths, space for four lines, bridge guard rails and increased capacity.

The bridge will include an $85,000 public artwork, chosen by Bayswater city council and local community groups to commemorate the bridge’s historic past.

The art is being developed by WA artist Jahne Rees, using recycled timbers salvaged from the old bridge.

by STEPHEN POLLOCK

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