24/04/2015 - 14:54

Kwinana Fwy southbound to be widened

24/04/2015 - 14:54

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The state and federal governments have committed a combined $14.9 million to widen Kwinana Freeway southbound along a 3 kilometre stretch from Armadale Road to Russell Road.

Transport Minister Dean Nalder.

The state and federal governments have committed a combined $14.9 million to widen Kwinana Freeway southbound along a three kilometre stretch from Armadale Road to Russell Road.

The additional widening of Kwinana Freeway southbound brings the project’s total value to $77.5 million, with 7.2km of the freeway now being stretched.

“More than 52,000 vehicles use this section of the Kwinana Freeway each day, already exceeding its capacity, and this figure is expected to rise to 75,000 vehicles by 2021,” Assistant Infrastructure and Regional Development Minister Jamie Briggs said.

“This project, along with our other game-changing infrastructure investments like the Perth Freight Link, Northlink WA and Gateway WA, will unlock the economic capacity of Western Australia.”

Transport Minister Dean Nalder said delivery of the new works would avoid the need for further widening of other congestion control measures to be implemented from 2018 to 2020.

“By delivering infrastructure in the current competitive marketplace, we expect to achieve significant savings to provide better roads for motorists and greater value for taxpayers’ dollars,” Mr Nalder said.

A tender for the project is expected to be awarded by mid-year, with construction due for completion by mid-2016.

It is expected to create about 60 local jobs.

Meanwhile, the state government has announced it will be widening the Russell Road bridge and improving intersections of Russell and Gibbs roads, as part of the $105 million Aubin Grove train station project,

Georgiou and a joint venture between Coniglio Ainsworth Architects and MPS Architects, which have already been selected for the work on the Aubin Grove project, will add this new work to their books.

Mr Nalder said the wider bridge over the Kwinana Freeway would allow better movement of buses and cars around the station, including access to its 2,000-bay car park.

“These road works will greatly improve station access, as well as the general connectivity of Perth’s southern suburbs,” he said.

“Importantly, it will make using public transport even more attractive for people intending to drive and park at the station.”

Treasurer Mike Nahan said the government was investing in transport infrastructure in an unprecedented way to meet the needs of our growing state.

“We are planning and prioritising for the exploding population. We have a plan to meet the future needs of a growing state,” he said.

“We understand that a modern city and state must have an efficient transport network for social and economic reasons.”

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