05/01/2022 - 13:09

More upgrades for Mitchell Freeway

05/01/2022 - 13:09

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Decmil and NRW Holdings have been awarded contracts under the state and federal government’s estimated $216 million infrastructure spend on the busy travel route.

More upgrades for Mitchell Freeway
It is estimated 51,000 people use the Mitchell Freeway each day. Photo: Gabriel Oliveira

Decmil and NRW Holdings have been awarded contracts under the state and federal government’s estimated $216 million infrastructure spend on the busy travel route.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti today announced a $23.3 million contract had been awarded by Main Roads WA to Decmil Southern, the company’s infrastructure-focused subsidiary, to build a cycle and pedestrian path along the freeway southbound.

The work will link Civic Place to Reid Highway and also include the construction of an 80-metre underpass at Karrinyup Road, designed so that pedestrians and cyclists no longer need to interact with traffic at the busy location.

Upgrades will also be undertaken at the busy intersection of Karrinyup Road and Cedric Street.

The contract is expected to begin immediately and be completed in September 2022, with the work aiming to improve safety at Karrinyup Road and fill a gap for cyclists and pedestrians travelling to the CBD.

Decmil says the contract was awarded through the State-wide Road Construction Panel, which it was approved to join in FY21.

It follows ongoing upgrades to the Mitchell Freeway southbound, including construction to deliver a 'smart freeway'.

The Intelligence Freeways Alliance, comprising  NRW Holdings, Service Stream Maintenance and WSP Australia, has been selected to implement the smart freeway upgrades. 

These include coordinated signals at seven southbound freeway entry ramps from Reid Highway to Vincent Street, 20 overhead electronic signs, and the installation of smart technologies closer to the CBD, according to MRWA.

“Upgrades will include construction of emergency stopping bays and stopped vehicle detection technology, installation of CCTV cameras, lighting, safety barriers and drainage modifications,” the MRWA said.

The value of the contract has not been disclosed, but the state and federal government funded smart freeway upgrades are estimated at about $140 million.

An additional lane from Hodges Drive to Hepburn Avenue and shared path upgrades are jointly funded by the Federal and State Governments and estimated to cost $76 million.

Construction on the smart freeway is set to start early this year, with completion expected in late-2023.

Main Roads WA estimates 51,000 drivers use the route each day.

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