Construction begins at Kent Street Weir
Released 26 May 2017
Installation of a temporary bridge across Canning River is complete with the upgrade of Kent Street Weir underway.
The bridge will be open from Monday 29 May and will ensure the area continues to be a hotspot for families, runners and cyclists during construction.
Leanne Hartley, project manager with the Department of Water, said the temporary bridge is essential to minimise disruption to locals and visitors to the area.
“The weir is such a focal point for recreation in the area” she said.
“We’ve worked with the City of Canning and local residents to limit the impact on day-to-day use. The construction zone and the surrounding areas have all been designed to ensure the area remains accessible to the public and continues to be an enjoyable place to visit during the construction period.”
The Canning River Eco Education Centre, Canning River Café and Castledare miniature railway will continue to operate during construction of the new bridge.
Canoeists and paddlers will have small disruptions with a 300m walk around the construction zone to move between up-stream and down-stream.
For safety reasons, cyclists are encouraged to dismount when crossing the temporary bridge. Canning River parkrun – a 5 km fun run each Saturday – will continue with some minor course adjustments.
The upgrade is being undertaken by the Department of Water in conjunction with the Department of Parks and Wildlife and the City of Canning. Construction is expected to be completed by October 2017.
The weir performs an important environmental role in preventing salt water from intruding into fresh water up-stream – this prevents algal blooms and ensures healthy oxygen levels.
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