Ravensthorpe Phillips River Bridge reopened

The Phillips River Bridge in Ravensthorpe was officially opened after it was destroyed by floods in February 2017.

The new bridge was built to withstand once in a hundred year floodwaters, according to Ravensthorpe Shire President Keith Dunlop.

“It is actually twice the length that it once was and a metre and a half higher,” Mr Dunlop said.

“So it can take a higher volume of water and hopefully now the road can stay open forever.” 

Mr Dunlop praised the work of Main Roads Great Southern Region, led by regional director Andrew Duffield.

“They’ve done a fantastic job, to get that bridge up and running so quickly, because it was done about a week shy of 12 months [from the floods],” he said.

According to Mr Dunlop, the estimated cost of rebuilding the bridge was $11 million.

Roe MP Peter Rundle congratulated the ‘impressive effort’ of Main Roads for completing the bridge in the space of a year.

“Andrew Duffield and his team have done really well,” he said.

“Their communication was excellent with the community.” 

The opening ceremony was held on Thursday, February 8 2018.