$1 bil­lion project speeds up

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Perth Airport - Jaime Shurmer

THE Gate­way WA project is now 60 per cent com­plete, $45 mil­lion un­der bud­get, and six months ahead of sched­ule.

“The up­com­ing win­ter sea­son will see the project’s plant­ing and land­scap­ing pro­gram ad­vance with over 950,000 plants be­ing es­tab­lished across the project scope,” Trans­port Min­is­ter Dean Nalder said.

Politi­cians, in­clud­ing Swan MHR Steve Irons, were on site last Wed­nes­day to cel­e­brate the half­way mile­stone for Gate­way WA, reached in Oc­to­ber.

Favourable weather con­di­tions helped ad­vance the project and Mr Nalder com­mended the Gate­way WA Al­liance team.

“By di­vid­ing the project into sep­a­ra­ble work zones and us­ing a num­ber of tem­po­rary traf­fic switches, the team has been able to keep the road net­work flow­ing while still pro­gres­sively mov­ing the work site to al­low earth­works and bridge­works to be un­der­taken with­out sig­nif­i­cant im­ped­i­ment,” he said.

The min­is­ter also ap­plauded the ef­forts of the many lo­cal sup­pli­ers and con­trac­tors in­volved in de­liv­er­ing the re­sult.

A Perth Air­port spokes­woman said the air­port was pleased with the rapid progress, which would mean a bet­ter travel ex­pe­ri­ence for pas­sen­gers and vis­i­tors to the air­port.

“The Gate­way WA team has done an ex­cel­lent job of man­ag­ing the road­works with min­i­mal im­pact to air­port cus­tomers, ten­ants and staff,” she said.

“We are con­fi­dent this will con­tinue, and look for­ward to open­ing our new en­trance road – Air­port Drive – to co­in­cide with the open­ing of the three­level in­ter­change at Tonkin and Leach high­ways.”

Works be­gan Fe­bru­ary last year, start­ing at the Aber­nethy on-ramp, and the project is now aim­ing to fin­ish mid-2016 as op­posed to Jan­uary 2017.

The money saved was di­rected to a black spot lo­ca­tion at the Roe High­way/Berk­shire Road in­ter­sec­tion in For­rest­field.

Road users are asked to be pa­tient as Gate­way WA pre­pares for its next main traf­fic switch.

Works at the Tonkin High­way/Hor­rie Miller Drive/Kew­dale Road in­ter­change will cause dis­rup­tions and de­lays, es­pe­cially for those trav­el­ling to Perth Air­port, so road users should plan their trav­els ahead of time.

Pic­ture: David Baylis

The $1 bil­lion project to up­grade the roads around Perth Air­port, Kew­dale and For­rest­field is ahead of sched­ule. Be­low: Trans­port Min­is­ter Dean Nalder and fed­eral As­sis­tant In­fra­struc­ture and Re­gional Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Jamie Briggs un­der the new Leach High­way/Aber­nethy Road in­ter­change.

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