Perth’s first smart technology freeway will be coming within months after the State Government awarded a major contract.
Tender for the new extra lane for the Kwinana Freeway northbound has been awarded to SmartWay Alliance.
This alliance is formed a three companies including BMD Constructions Pty Ltd, Ventia Pty Ltd and Arup Pty Ltd, working closely with Main Roads WA under the arrangement.
The new freeway infrastructure will improve lane-use management, speed limit changes, and coordinated ramp signals to increase safety and efficiency for road users.
A new lane will be added to Kwinana Freeway northbound between Canning Highway and Narrows Bridge, saving commuters up to 10 minutes heading from Roe Highway to the city.
The initiative is a joint Federal & State Government’s $2.3 billion package to boost local jobs and reduce traffic congestion with better transport infrastructure.
Federal Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said Perth’s freeway congestion is hindering traffic movements across the state.
“Like the name says, this is smart technology, and it will bust congestion across Perth’s southern suburbs,” Mr Tudge said.
WA Transport & Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said the smart freeway initiatives have been successful in other major cities around the world.
“In a constrained location where the railway and Swan River prevent traditional widening works, Smart Freeways offer a great solution to help alleviate and manage congestion, while also improving safety for road users,” she said.
“This initiative has been highly successful in other cities in Australia and overseas, with Main Roads WA drawing on expertise from across the country and the UK to inform a Smart Freeways solution suitable for Perth.”
The $47 million project will be completed in 2019 and earmarked for operation by early 2020.