Bunbury's new Koombana Bay bridge installation begins

The work to install the new Koombana Bay footbridge has begun with cranes lifting the newly designed pieces into place. 

The second span was installed on Wednesday morning with the last two bridge beams expected to be completed on Wednesday afternoon. 

The bridge reconnects Koombana North and the revitalised Koombana Bay foreshore and replaces the former rail bridge that was used as a footbridge for a number of years. 

After substantial lobbying of the City of Bunbury council earlier in 2017, the footbridge has been raised 1400 millimetres to match the height of the adjacent road bridge. 

Artist impressions from 2016 show the structure has been shaped to evoke the image of a ship's hull, paying tribute to the shipwrecks that are buried under the shores of Koombana Bay.

Creative lighting will be used to illuminate the bridge at night, creating an attractive and safe passageway for locals and visitors to use as they make their way between the city and waterfront.

The bridge is expected to be opened to the public in late January 2018.