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11/21/2011

Heritage footbridge successfully removed 

See the video here of the Perth City Link Rail Alliance carefully lifted a  113-year-old timber footbridge , to make room for a new pedestrian underpass, connecting all platforms to Perth Underground, to be built.

Perth City Link Rail Alliance Building Manager Patrick McCarthy said the engineers first researched the footbridge’s history before they even began the removal.

“Since the footbridge was built using techniques mostly lost in today’s construction industry we had to understand its make-up so we could preserve as much of it as possible,” he said.

“Our first step was to find and review the hundred-year-old plans, which were hand-drawn with an extremely high level of detail.”

The footbridge’s steel support beams were shipped from Middlesborough in Britain in the late 1800s. Since it opened the footbridge has survived the evolving rail industry, including a refurbishment in 1990 when Perth’s metropolitan rail network converted to electric power.

“We worked closely with the Heritage Council to make sure every piece of wood, nut and bolt was carefully removed and recorded to minimise damage,” Pat said.

“Part of this included removing large sections by crane and transporting them to a Public Transport Authority facility for storage until a new home is found.”



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