$1 billion project speeds up
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.
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.