La­bor pledges $80m to Ar­madale bridge


Cockburn Gazette - - OPINION -

TWO lo­cal may­ors have wel­comed Fed­eral La­bor’s pledge to fund half of the $160 mil­lion Ar­madale Road fly­over bridge.

La­bor can­di­date for Fre­man­tle Josh Wil­son joined Op­po­si­tion in­fra­struc­ture and trans­port spokesman An­thony Al­banese to make the pledge on Tues­day.

“This is not only one of the fastest grow­ing parts of the Perth metro area, or fastest grow­ing parts of the Fre­man­tle elec­torate, it’s one of the fastest grow­ing ar­eas in Aus­tralia,” Mr Wil­son said.

“It has a con­ges­tion prob­lem that needs to be fixed.”

The bridge forms part two of Cock­burn and Ar­madale’s Com­mu­nity Con­nect South cam­paign, a plan to ad­dress traf­fic con­ges­tion be­tween the Hills and the coast.

Part one was to se­cure fund­ing to widen Ar­madale Road to a dual car­riage­way be­tween Verde Drive in Jan­dakot and Anstey Road in For­rest­dale.

Cock­burn Mayor Lo­gan Howlett said widen­ing Ar­madale Road with­out build­ing the bridge would push con­ges­tion fur­ther into Cock­burn Cen­tral.

“One would ex­pect the (bridge) fund­ing will be at least matched (by the Lib­eral Party),” Mr Howlett said.

“Our whole cam­paign has been about get­ting both can­di­dates for the Fed­eral seats of Fre­man­tle and Burt to com­mit to this project.

“We need to con­vince ev­ery­body, and par­tic­u­lar both gov­ern­ments, that this project is vi­tal to this re­gion.”

Ar­madale Mayor Henry Zelones said the num­ber of horns go­ing off in traf­fic was an in­di­ca­tion mo­torists needed the bridge.

“It’s only the govern­ment in power that cre­ates bud­gets,” he said.

“We have a job to do with the State Govern­ment of course.

“We are rather hop­ing the State Govern­ment will take note of what is go­ing on here.

“The City of Cock­burn has made a com­mit­ment, but there is ob­vi­ously lot of work to be done in con­nect­ing roads.”

There was no fund­ing for the bridge in the re­cent Fed­eral or State bud­gets.

An­thony Al­banese an­nounces $80 mil­lion for an Ar­madale Road fly­over bridge if his party wins gov­ern­ment.

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