Free­way widen­ing work to start soon Gabrielle Jef­fery

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

Bal­divis MLA Reece Whitby has wel­comed the an­nounce­ment that works will be­gin later this year on the heav­ily con­gested Kwinana Free­way. BAL­DIVIS MLA Reece Whitby says he is re­lieved a con­tract has been awarded for works to be­gin on the widen­ing of the Kwinana Free­way.

Mr Whitby said the $49 mil­lion con­tract to cut con­ges­tion was awarded to BMD Con­struc­tions, with works ex­pected to start later this year.

The works will in­volve build­ing a third north-bound lane for eight kilo­me­tres from Rus­sell Road to Roe High­way to cut con­ges­tion and re­duce travel times.

“I have been rais­ing this is­sue for years be­cause I know traf­fic con­ges­tion im­pacts on the qual­ity of life of thou­sands of peo­ple in the Bal­divis elec­torate,” he said.

“This project is hugely im­por­tant to Bal­divis, Wel­lard, Ber­tram and other sub­urbs where peo­ple com­mut­ing to work get stuck in traf­fic ev­ery day.

“I know it’s in­cred­i­bly frus­trat­ing to be jammed in a free­way ‘carpark’ ev­ery day.

“Widen­ing this sec­tion of free­way will re­move a no­to­ri­ous bot­tle­neck around Cock­burn Cen­tral which af­fects traf­fic flow for many kilo­me­tres fur­ther south.

“The pos­i­tive flow-on ef­fect of build­ing this ex­tra lane will free up con­ges­tion for many kilo­me­tres fur­ther back down the free­way.

“Re­duc­ing time stuck in traf­fic cuts costs for business and self-em­ployed con­trac­tors and means more time with fam­ily to do­ing other things.”

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