Jun 8, 2012

Interchange Now Open at Great Eastern Highway and Roe Highway

The vision of a safer, less congested Great Eastern Highway is beginning to take shape following today’s commissioning of the new interchange at the intersection with the Roe Highway in Midvale.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said the new interchange will not only improve the flow of traffic through the intersection but also along these two very busy highways, providing motorists and truck drivers with smoother, less frustrating driving conditions.

“This new multimillion dollar piece of road infrastructure will support Perth’s continued growth over the next two decades, with the number of cars and trucks using it expected to almost double to 106,000 a day by 2031,” said Mr Albanese.

“Completed on time and within budget, this new interchange is just one of many projects now underway as a result of Federal Labor’s unprecedented investment in the State’s road, rail and public transport infrastructure.  Indeed just down the road we’ve provided $280 million towards the widening of the Great Eastern Highway from four to six lanes between Rivervale and Redcliffe.

“All up, this Federal Labor Government has nearly doubled Federal infrastructure spending in the State to $3.7 billion over the life of our current six-year Nation Building Program – or from $154 to $261 per year per West Australian.”

Representing Mr Albanese at today’s official event marking the completion of the project, Duty Senator for Hasluck Glenn Sterle said the Federal Labor Government was building the modern, well planned road infrastructure which will help prevent Perth – one of Australia’s fastest growing capital cities – becoming gridlocked.

“Importantly, this new interchange will not only improve traffic flows and deter truck drivers from ‘rat running’ through nearby residential streets, but also improve safety,” said Senator Sterle.

“Indeed, up until now this has been one of Perth’s most dangerous and notorious intersections.  In just the last five years it has been the scene of almost 230 accidents.”

The new interchange at the intersection between the Great Eastern and Roe highways was jointly funded by the Federal Labor ($68.75 million) and Western Australian ($32.75 million) governments.

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Great Eastern and Roe Highway Interchange WA