Cities step up push for bridge

AIM TO LINK WITH FED­ERAL POLL

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Bryce Luff

A JOINT ven­ture be­tween the cities of Cock­burn and Ar­madale will be kicked back into gear ahead of the next fed­eral elec­tion, with the two coun­cils keen to se­cure fund­ing for the North Lake fly­over bridge.

In the lead-up to last year’s Can­ning by-elec­tion, the two coun­cils an­nounced the Com­mu­nity Con­nect­ing South (CCS) part­ner­ship to ad­dress con­ges­tion and im­prove ac­cess to ma­jor hubs.

The aim was to se­cure $290 mil­lion in fund­ing to upgrade Ar­madale Road to a dual car­riage­way be­tween Verde Drive in Jandakot and Anstey Road in For­rest­dale, and build an­other bridge over the free­way to link North Lake Road and Ar­madale Road.

The fed­eral and state gov­ern­ments com­mit­ted $145 mil­lion for the road­works on Ar­madale Road, but the bridge re­mains un­funded.

Cock­burn Mayor Lo­gan Howlett said that with a fed­eral elec­tion on the hori­zon, the two coun­cils were look­ing to change that.

“The cam­paign to com­plete CCS will fea­ture heav­ily in the lead-up to the fed­eral elec­tion,” he said.

“The upgrade of Ar­madale Road and the as­so­ci­ated bridge works are as crit­i­cal to Ar­madale res­i­dents as they are to Cock­burn res­i­dents, with the road run­ning right through the new seat of Burt.”

A new de­sign for a re-aligned Ar­madale Road and the bridge over the free­way is in plan­ning.

The bridge had been es­ti­mated at as much as $160 mil­lion, but the es­ti­mate will be re­vis­ited once the new de­sign is com­plete.

Mr Howlett said com­ple­tion of the full scope of the CCS would help ease traf­fic con­ges­tion, which had stalled de­vel­op­ment of Cock­burn Cen­tral and im­pacted on the whole of the “En­ter­prise Arc” from Ar­madale through to Jandakot and Fre­man­tle. Ar­madale Mayor Henry Zelones said his coun­cil was right be­hind the push.

“While se­cur­ing $145 mil­lion for the full du­pli­ca­tion of Ar­madale Road was a ma­jor vic­tory for the Com­mu­nity Con­nect South cam­paign, the job is only half done,” he said.

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Pic­ture: Paul McGovern

Ar­madale Mayor Henry Zelones with Cock­burn Mayor Lo­gan Howlett at the CCS launch last year.

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