Jun 8, 2011

Contract awarded for Kwinana Freeway widening

Contract awarded for Kwinana Freeway widening

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Minister for Infrastructure & Transport

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

8 June 2011

The construction company which will widen Kwinana Freeway between Leach and Roe Highways from two to three lanes each way has been selected, clearing the way for major construction activities to begin in July.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and Western Australian Transport Minister Troy Buswell today announced the $58 million contract has been awarded to Highway Construction Pty Ltd, a locally-based road builder with extensive expertise in delivering major projects.

“The Gillard Labor Government is committed to working with the Liberal-National Government to deliver this upgrade as quickly as possible,” said Mr Albanese.

“The project will help reduce congestion along the Freeway, delivering faster, safer and less frustrating driving conditions for the 107,000 motorists which use it every day – a figure that’s expected to climb to 131,000 by 2031.”

The Federal and State governments are funding the project on a 50:50 basis with the work expected to be completed in early 2012.

Mr Buswell said the widening would also enhance road user safety, reduce travel times and improve transport efficiency and reliability to the port of Fremantle.

“Kwinana Freeway is a major link to the Perth CBD, the northern suburbs via Mitchell Freeway and the Fremantle port,” Mr Buswell said.

“Improving freeway capacity will have a flow on benefit to these links.”

Mr Buswell said in addition to widening the Freeway, the project will also resurface the on/off ramps between Leach Highway and Roe Highway as well as install barriers to mitigate traffic noise.