Free­way works gather speed

Kwinana Courier - - News -

THE no­to­ri­ous Cock­burn bot­tle­neck on the Kwinana Free­way could soon be a thing of the past.

Bal­divis MLA Reece Whitby said the free­way widen­ing project would im­prove the qual­ity of life for lo­cal res­i­dents.

Mr Whitby joined Premier Mark Mc­Gowan, Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti, Fed­eral Min­is­ter Michael Keenan, Cock­burn MLA Fran Lo­gan and Jan­dakot MLA Yaz Mubarakai to mark the start of con­struc­tion on the $49 mil­lion project.

“The no­to­ri­ous Cock­burn bot­tle­neck is hated by thou­sands of south­ern sub­urbs mo­torists and now we are go­ing to fix it,” Mr Whitby said.

“The cur­rent is­sue is the traf­fic snare around Cock­burn, which has a mas­sive knock-on ef­fect, slow­ing traf­fic all the way back down to Bal­divis at times.

“The big win­ners will be daily driv­ers from Bal­divis, Wel­lard, Ber­tram, Waikiki and Rockingham.

“The first works mo­torists will no­tice will be the ap­pear­ance of 80km/h speed signs on the north­bound stretch be­tween Rus­sell Road and Roe High­way, a slight re­duc­tion in lane width and the mov­ing of lanes to the right, closer to the rail cor­ri­dor.

“This will al­low the con­trac­tor to get to work on build­ing a third north­bound lane and as­so­ci­ated works, in­clud­ing a new par­al­lel lane that ef­fec­tively be­comes a fourth lane at the north­ern end of the project.

“Con­struc­tion will run from now un­til late 2019 and mo­torists will need to be pa­tient and more aware of driv­ing con­di­tions while the works are un­der way.

“How­ever, the pay­off will be well worth it with a faster free­way and a quicker drive to work each morn­ing.”

Mr Whitby said the de­ci­sion to stop the Roe 8 project al­lowed money to be freed up for this project to go ahead.

Jan­dakot MLA Yaz Mubarakai, Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti, Fed­eral Min­is­ter Michael Keenan, Premier Mark Mc­Gowan, Bal­divis MLA Reece Whitby and Cock­burn MLA Fran­cis Lo­gan cel­e­brate the start of con­struc­tion of the $49m Kwinana Free­way project.

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