23/06/2020 - 11:36

Contractors shortlisted for Mitchell Fwy extension

23/06/2020 - 11:36

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Georgiou Group and NRW Contracting are among three consortia shortlisted to widen Mitchell Freeway for southbound road users, with the $76 million project jointly funded by the state and federal governments.

Contractors shortlisted for Mitchell Fwy extension
The preferred tenderer will design and construct a third lane on Mitchell Freeway southbound. Photo: Main Roads WA

Georgiou Group and NRW Contracting are among three consortia shortlisted to widen Mitchell Freeway for southbound road users, with the $76 million project jointly funded by the state and federal governments.

The contractors shortlisted for the project are the H2H alliance, comprising WBHO Infrastructure and NRW Contracting; Highway Construction; and the Mitchell Southbound joint venture, comprising BMD Constructions and Georgiou Group.

The preferred tenderer will design and construct a third 8.8-kilometre lane on Mitchell Freeway, southbound from Hodges Drive to Hepburn Avenue, and adjacent to the rail line.

A new concrete barrier will be put in place along the railway.

The project will also include modifications to freeway entry ramps to enable on-ramp signalling, intended to manage the flow of traffic entering the freeway.

The on-ramp signals will be activated during peak periods or heavy traffic congestion.

The project is in addition to several other works on Mitchell Freeway, including widening of a 2km section northbound from Hutton Street to Cedric Street, due to be completed in September, as well as a planned 5.6km southbound extension from Hester Avenue to Romeo Road.

Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Minister Alan Tudge said congestion on Mitchell Freeway had increased since coronavirus restrictions eased in Western Australia.

"It's another reason to prioritise increasing the capacity of the freeway network so we can meet the growing demand across Perth," he said.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said up to 51,000 daily commuters would benefit from a third lane southbound.

“Further congestion relief for road users is an absolute win for people living in our northern suburbs, enabling quicker, more reliable journeys to and from the city,” she said.

The preferred tenderer for the works will be contracted in late October, with construction scheduled to begin at the end of the year.

The government contract will ensure at least 10 per cent Aboriginal employment and at least 3 per cent of procurement going to indigenous businesses.

Both the state and federal governments have allocated $38 million towards the project, which is expected to create around 530 jobs.

Attorney-General Christian Porter, who is the Member for Pearce, said adding a third lane to Mitchell Freeway would complement the existing southbound extension from Hester Avenue to Romeo Road.

The federal government had allocated $108 million towards the extension, and the state government $15 million in the 2018-19 budgets.

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