26/06/2008 - 11:37

Macmahon selected for Reid Hwy extension

26/06/2008 - 11:37

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Macmahon Contractors Pty Ltd has been selected as the preferred proponent for the extension of Reid Highway from West Swan Road to Great Northern Highway.

Macmahon Contractors Pty Ltd has been selected as the preferred proponent for the extension of Reid Highway from West Swan Road to Great Northern Highway.

Planning and infrastructure minister Alannah MacTiernan said the company would now undergo detailed negotiations with Main Roads before the design and construct contract was awarded in late June.

"Design work will commence as soon as the contract is awarded and the construction phase is expected to start in August this year, with completion scheduled for December 2009," the Minister said.

"We have undergone detailed community consultation since late 2005 where concerns were raised about local access and the project is stronger because of that process, with the community having substantial ownership."

The project will involve the construction of 2.6km of four-lane control access dual carriageway between West Swan Road and Great Northern Highway.

Ms MacTiernan said the Government had addressed significant concerns about road safety and congestion by replacement of the sub-standard and ageing Middle Swan Road with a modern highway capable of handling the future traffic needs.

A new road bridge with facilities for cyclists and pedestrians would be constructed over the Swan River and the existing Whiteman Bridge on Middle Swan Road would be dismantled.

Local access concerns had been addressed by the extension of Harris Road, direct connections on to the new Highway and construction of a road underpass to link the extension of Harris Road with the existing Middle Swan Road.

The Minister said consultation would continue through a construction reference group and that Main Roads had included consultation requirements in the contract documents to make sure the local community continued to have a say through this group.

"When completed, the project will provide improved connections to areas of potential employment and residential growth in the middle and outer suburbs of Perth and accommodate larger vehicles to promote transport efficiencies, supporting economic growth and regional development," Ms MacTiernan said.

"It will help make the road environment safer for all road users and will better cater for the expected increase in traffic in the future."


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