Perth’s southern suburbs job creating, congestion tackling combo fix

ROAD UPGRADES – Residents in the southern suburbs will shortly be experiencing traffic relief upon the completion of Armadale Road and Kwinana Freeway upgrades.

Works on the three main road projects in the area are underway, with the doubling of Armadale Road from Tapper to Anstey Roads in process.

It also include major milestones such as new bridges to join Armadale Road to North Lake Road over the freeway, and freeway northbound lane expansion  between Russell Road and Farrington Road.

Premier McGowan stated that the boost to road infrastructure in Southern suburban Perth was greatly needed to resolve major congestion bottlenecks within the quickly developing area.

The Premier was pleased with the progress of these job-creating projects.   

“ We’re getting on with the job and upgrading our road network and it’s been made possible by reallocating Perth Freight Link funding,” He said.

“These road upgrades are targeted towards making people’s daily commutes that much easier – whether they’re going about their everyday business in the area or they’re doing a bigger commute to and from the Perth CBD and beyond – the aim is to reduce traffic congestion so people can spend more time doing what they love.”

“My government is dedicated to fixing congestion on our roads and upon being elected to office we’ve put what we said into practice immediately.”

Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said the projects would lead to simpler, more predictable commuting times for people residing in southern suburban Perth.

He says the upgrade also makes it easier to access key services and employment hubs, inclusive of Murdoch Activity Centre.

“These vital projects will help transform Perth’s south making it easier for locals to get where they need to go sooner and safer – whether they’re travelling to work or home or to pick the kids up from school,” Mr Fletcher said.

“These projects combined are also expected to support 2,590 jobs – an excellent example of how the Turnbull Government’s 11 billion dollar investment in WA’s roads and rail is creating jobs and supporting the economy as well as tackling congestion and improving liveability.”

Works on the Kwinana Freeway expanding between Success and Jandakot will soon be in progress as the contract has currently been awarded.

BMD Constructions Pty Ltd will carryout the works from Russell Road to Roe Highway south after a competitive tender process.

A kilometre of works it is being carried out by the Murdoch Drive Connection project with the whole Kwinana Freeway Widening project scheduled to be completed later in the following year.

WA Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti stated that the two-lane section of Kwinana Freeway connecting Russell Road to Farrington Road was one of the most congested road sections in Perth.

“These upgrades will be a major benefit for those travelling through the well-known congestion hotspot near Cockburn Central. This notorious intersection is impacting travel times and creating safety risks for motorists,” Minister Saffioti said.

“The $49 million Kwinana Freeway Widening project, of which this contract forms a key part, will provide capacity for an additional 1,800 vehicles per hour. This will significantly improve traffic flow and reduce congestion for those commuting to the CBD or northern susburbs”

Expressions of interest have been put forward for the $237 million project to build a bridge joining Armadale Road and North Lake Road.

This is intended to address congestion on Kwinana Freeway, Armadale Road and Beeliar Drive interchange, which is Perth’s fifth most congested intersection.

WA Liberal Senator Linda Reynolds believes that the project will create an effective bypass around Cockburn Central Train Station and Cockburn Gateway Shopping Centre.

The project is presently in the developing stages during which Main Roads will affirm the final scope consulting with the community and stakeholders.

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