Avon bridge opens to public

Historic event: Hayley Russell with Bonnie and Olivia Burrow walking on the renovated Avon Bridge in Northam, for the first time at the official opening on Saturday evening.
Historic event: Hayley Russell with Bonnie and Olivia Burrow walking on the renovated Avon Bridge in Northam, for the first time at the official opening on Saturday evening.

The town of Northam can breathe a sigh of relief now the Avon Bridge has reopened, after seven months of renovations. 

A huge crowd showed up to the official opening on Friday July 4, to be the first people to walk on the renovated bridge.

Northam Shire president Steven Pollard had the honours of cutting the ribbon on the night and declaring the bridge open. 

Main Roads acting executive director Craig Manton said the turnout was excellent.

“Obviously with the Avon Descent happening at the same time was wonderful timing,” he said.

“It’s great to be able to open it to such a big crowd for everyone to see it.”

Mr Manton said workers found termite and pipe damage, which slowed down the process.

“It’s an old heritage timber structure,” he said. “As soon as you start taking bits off, you realise there's more work to do.”

He said the remaining work will be completed in the next few weeks and the bridge is safe to stay open during this time.