Mar 5, 2013

Great Eastern Highway Widening Completed Nine Months Early

The $280 million project which is widening the Great Eastern Highway between Kooyong Road and the Tonkin Highway from four to six lanes has been completed nine months ahead of schedule and is now fully open to traffic.

Through projects like this we are helping to make sure Perth remains a great place to live and raise a family.

One of our key pledges prior to the last election, this project will ease congestion along the Highway by increasing its carrying capacity between Kooyong Road and the Tonkin Highway by some 70 per cent, from 50,000 to 85,000 vehicles a day.

It will also improve access to the City’s Airport and surrounding areas, improve safety for local residents and other regular users of the Highway, and deliver better facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.

This project is part of the unprecedented $3.7 billion capital works program which Federal Labor has been rolling out across the State over the past five years.  Indeed, we’ve almost doubled annual Federal infrastructure spending from $154 to $261 per Western Australian.

The widening of the Great Eastern Highway was jointly funded by the Federal ($224 million) and Western Australian ($56 million) governments. These works will complement other improvements to the Highway, including the new interchange at the intersection with the Roe Highway which was completed last year.

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Great Eastern Highway: Kooyong Road to Tonkin Highway

Map of Great Eastern Highway: Kooyong Road to Tonkin Highway