FREE­WAY WIDEN­ING

$49M PROJECT BOOST TO LO­CAL ECON­OMY

Southern Telegraph - - News - Stu­art Hor­ton

Ma­jor widen­ing works on the fi­nal sec­tion of Kwinana Free­way be­tween Rus­sell Road and Roe High­way north­bound are set to be­gin af­ter a joint an­nounce­ment from the State and Fed­eral Gov­ern­ments on Sun­day.

State Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said the $49 mil­lion project would boost the lo­cal econ­omy by cre­at­ing 340 jobs and was part of the State’s plan to ease con­ges­tion by up to 15 min­utes in morn­ing peak traf­fic, im­prove roads and save mo­torists time.

“The Kwinana Free­way Widen­ing project will add 8km of ad­di­tional lane and pro­vide ca­pac­ity for an ex­tra 1800 ve­hi­cles per hour, im­prov­ing traf­fic flow for those com­mut­ing to the CBD or our north­ern sub­urbs,” Ms Saf­fi­oti said.

“Con­struc­tion of six out of seven new projects along the Kwinana Free­way cor­ri­dor will be un­der way by early 2019, with pro­cure­ment for the Ar­madale Road to North Lake Road Bridge over Kwinana Free­way pro­gress­ing well.”

Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Cities, Ur­ban In­fra­struc­ture and Pop­u­la­tion Alan Tudge said thou­sands of peo­ple across Perth would ben­e­fit from the con­ges­tion-bust­ing im­prove­ments.

“The free­way up­grades will in­crease freight ef­fi­ciency and im­prove ac­cess to ser­vices and em­ploy­ment hubs,” Mr Tudge said.

“The Coali­tion Gov­ern­ment is keep­ing Perth mov­ing — we’re get­ting peo­ple home sooner and safer.”

The Pre­mier and Ms Saf­fi­oti were joined by Bal­divis MLA Reece Whitby, Fed­eral Min­is­ter Michael Keenan, Cock­burn MLA Fran Lo­gan and Jan­dakot MLA Yaz Mubarakai to mark the start of con­struc­tion.

Mr Whitby said the big­gest win­ners of the widen­ing works would be daily drivers from Bal­divis, Wel­lard, Ber­tram and across the Rock­ing­ham re­gion.

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.

Con­struc­tion will run un­til late 2019 , weather per­mit­ting.

“The de­ci­sion by the (State) Gov­ern­ment to stop the Roe 8 project al­lowed money to be freed up for this project to go ahead. It’s a great out­come for com­mu­ni­ties in our south­ern cor­ri­dor,” Mr Whitby said.

Jan­dakot MLA Yaz Mubarakai, Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti, Fed­eral Min­is­ter Michael Keenan, Pre­mier Mark McGowan, Bal­divis MLA Reece Whitby and Cock­burn MLA Fran Lo­gan.

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