Major road projects and more than 4,000 jobs will be delivered to Perth’s southern suburbs following a major infrastructure deal struck by the State and Federal Governments.
The McGowan Government has secured more than $552 million in funding for eight congestion-busting road projects for Perth’s southern suburbs.
The eight projects will fix congestion hotspots on major arterial roads through the southern suburban road network and will create more than 4,000 jobs during construction.
Funding for the projects is the result of a new Commonwealth-State $2.3 billion funding arrangement that includes the full relocation of funding from the cancelled Perth Freight Link.
Federal funding for METRONET has also been secured with a combined $1.2 billion allocated to its delivery, including the rail extension between Thornlie and Cockburn.
Construction of the new Circle Line is due to commence in 2019 and will allow residents in the southern suburbs to travel on an east-west rail link for the first time, including a direct connection to the new Perth stadium.
Meanwhile, the schedule to duplicate Armadale Road will be brought forward.
The extension of Murdoch Drive to Kwinana Freeway and Roe Highway is one of three projects resulting in the renegotiation of the Roe 8 contract.
In recent weeks, the McGowan Government has worked with Main Roads Western Australia, the Roe 8 Alliance and the Commonwealth Government to bring forward alternative road projects to safeguard jobs for the local contractors and suppliers.
Southern suburbs projects:
- Murdoch Drive Connection – to Kwinana Freeway and Roe Highway ($100 million creating 700 jobs)
- Kwinana Freeway southbound on-ramp from Manning Road ($35 million creating 100 jobs)
- Kwinana Freeway Smart Freeways/Intelligent Transport Systems – Roe Highway to Narrows Bridge ($47 million creating 245 jobs)
- Armadale Road to North Lake Road Bridge ($237 million creating 1,400 jobs)
- Armadale Road Dual Carriageway – Anstey Road to Tapper Road ($145 million creating 850 jobs)
- Kwinana Freeway northbound widening – Russell Road to Roe Highway $45 million creating 340 jobs)
- Leach Highway – Upgrade of High Street between Carrington Street and Stirling Highway ($118 million creating 700 jobs)
- Karel Avenue upgrades – between Farrington Road and Berrigan Drive ($15 million creating 100 jobs)
Premier Mark McGowan has said, “this announcement confirms our commitment to promises made during the election and will also alleviate the congestion problems every motorist faces on the Kwinana Freeway.
“The southern suburbs transport network will be further bolstered once METRONET is extended from Thornlie to Cockburn and again when the rail is extended to Byford.”