Sep 22, 2008

Kangan Drive Duplication on the Home Stretch

Kangan Drive Duplication on the Home Stretch

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

September 22 2008

The Kangan Drive duplication at Berwick has entered the home stretch with a funding agreement finalised for the remaining leg of the project

The agreement – recently signed by the Rudd Labor Government and the City of Casey – provides $695,000 in Federal funding. The total cost of the project will be $750,000, with the City providing the balance on the money.

The funding will allow for the construction of the final connection of the duplication from the already completed works to the Soldiers Road-Bryn Mawr Boulevard intersection in Berwick.

The funding for the works will allow the duplicated road to extend the final 570 metres, a cost the local council may not have been able to afford alone.

These works are important for relieving congestion and allowing for smoother traffic movements in Berwick.

Importantly, once complete, the link will provide safer and easier access for surrounding communities and local residents to services and employment opportunities in Berwick.

This is the final project from a package of work started in 2005. Other projects include the construction of the Bryn Mawr Boulevard rail overpass and the left turn slip lane from Bryn Mawr Boulevard onto the Beaconsfield – Berwick road. The total Australian Government contribution to these projects is $9.2 million.

The Kangan Drive duplication – delivered with funding from both the Commonwealth and Council – is another example of how the Rudd Labor Government is committed to working in partnership to achieve the best outcome for local communities.

Construction on the final leg is expected to commence in December this year with completion expected in mid to late 2009.