Traffic delays to continue after fire
It could be several weeks before both lanes of the Upper King River bridge are reopened following a suspicious blaze which caused $300,000 damage.
Fire crews responded to a fire at the King River bridge at 2.38am on Sunday, with the Department of Fire and Emergency Services deeming the blaze, which damaged the bridge’s timber structure, suspicious.
A single lane of the bridge opened to traffic yesterday morning, but Main Roads regional manager Andrew Duffield said there would be ongoing delays.
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“We are still encouraging people to take an alternative route because there will be a few de-lays due to a single-lane operation,” he said. “The good news is we’re able to control and limit the damage (to) the bridge from the fire.
“But we have to remove sections of the concrete deck to be able to get in and confirm that the bridge wasn’t smouldering any further.”
A WA Police spokesman said the fire started below the bridge and the arson squad were investigating.
“Perth arson squad detectives are still examining the cause of the fire,” he said. “We would like to hear from anyone who saw anything suspicious near the King River Bridge in the last 24-48 hours.”
Rewards of up to $50,000 are available for information that leads to the identification and conviction of an arsonist. Mr Duffield said the bridge’s condition would be monitored on a daily basis but there was no longer an active fire.
“We really appreciate all the help we receive from the police and the fire brigades and we would like to thank the public for their patience while we finalised the repair,” he said.
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