PUBLIC access to the Mundaring Weir walkway will reopen on February 28 after a slight delay to major upgrades of the dam.
The walkway was closed to facilitate the $14 million refurbishment project to upgrade the intake tower and associated pipework of the dam, helping save 1.5 billion litres of water per year from evaporation.
The project reached a major milestone with the installation of a 42 tonne steel pipe into the weir’s intake tower in November.
Water Corporation assets delivery general manager Mark Leathersich said time taken to transport and position the 400-tonne crane required to lift the new water pipe into the intake tower caused the slight delay in the expected December 23 opening.
“This took longer than expected and as the crane was so large, no other work could be completed during this time due to lack of space,” he said.
“The project also experienced delays due to unfavourable weather conditions.”
The pipe was transported to the site from a workshop in Naval Base.
The next phase includes finishing downstream pipework, refurbishing the doors and windows of the round house, upgrading the visitor’s viewing platform and installing a new roof on the water tower, expected to begin end of January.
The diverted Bibbulmun Track will resume its usual route along the walkway over the dam wall when the walkway reopens in February.
By Claire Ottaviano