Light rail pedestrian bridge to rise over Smith Street this weekend

PART of Smith Street will be closed this weekend while crews work to install a 111-tonne pedestrian bridge which will connect Parkwood tram station with a 1000-space park-n-ride facility.

Smith Street will be closed in both directions from 8pm Friday until 5am Monday while two cranes are brought in to lift the 44-metre-long, six-metre-tall footbridge into place.

Motorists should expect delays and seek an alternate route during the works. See map below for detours.


This work is weather dependent and will be carried out on the next available weekend should bad weather strike.

There’ll also be a minor increase in noise levels from machinery, equipment and site vehicles.

It’s understood footbridge stairwells and elevators will be installed in early 2018, with work expected to be completed by the end of February, well in time for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Work will continue on the internal fit-out of the footbridge over the next few weeks, which will require intermittent temporary lane closures for east and southbound traffic on Smith Street.

Every effort will be made to keep disruption to a minimum for residents in proximity to these activities.

The installation and upgrade of new bus stops at the front of Parkwood and Parkwood East stations is also underway on both Greenacre Drive and Henry Cotton Drive.

This work is expected to continue for another three weeks, weather and construction conditions permitting.

Asphalt will be laid in front of both upgraded bus stops located on Greenacre Drive on Monday.

Strong petroleum odours are omitted during the base asphalt placement, however, the odour is expected to dissipate as the product sets.

In the event of wet weather or unforeseen circumstances, this activity will occur on the next available day shift.