It was originally built in 1911 and known as the Watts Road Bridge, being renamed to Riverton Bridge in 1916. By the 1930s the bridge had fallen into disrepair. In 1954 it was replaced with the current structure, which is slightly upstream of the original. Part of the original bridge was kept as a swimming jetty, but this was demolished in 1980 for safety reasons.
Until the 1970s the bridge formed part of the major east-west road system south of the Canning River and was part of the then High Road between Fremantle and Cannington. In 1978, High Road was upgraded and realigned to become Leach Highway and as part of that project, the concrete 4-lane Shelley Bridge was built appropriately 470 metres (510 yd) downstream. Since then, Riverton Bridge has been used for mainly local traffic.
- Lester Durbin (October 2004), "History of Riverton Bridge" (PDF), Wilson Residents & Ratepayers' Association Newsletter, Wilson Residents & Ratepayers' Association, p. 3, retrieved 19 November 2011
- Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of metropolitan suburb names – R". Retrieved 25 May 2007.
- Edmonds, Leigh (1997). The vital link: a history of Main Roads Western Australia 1926-1996. Nedlands, Western Australia: University of Western Australia Press. ISBN 1-875560-87-4.
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