Feb 16, 2009

Upgrade of Daddow Road in Kewdale

Upgrade of Daddow Road in Kewdale: Work starts

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

February 16 2009

A solution to the traffic congestion in and around the Kewdale/Welshpool industrial estate is now within sight, with construction set to start this week on a major realignment of Daddow Road.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese and State Transport Minister Simon O’Brien today announced the $11.8 million Daddow Road project has been awarded to Georgiou Group Pty Ltd.

Mr Albanese said the project will realign Daddow Road, including a bridge over the freight railway lines at Dundas Road, with road links to Abernethy Road, Dundas Road and Chisholm Crescent.

“When complete the project will free up the flow of traffic, improve local driving conditions, and provide safer road and rail access to the industrial estate. In the short term, it will create around 130 jobs,” said Mr Albanese.

“The Rudd Labor Government’s record roads budget is helping to insulate the national economy from the full impact of the global recessions, while building the transport infrastructure necessary for Perth’s continued economic development.”

Mr O’Brien said the project would assist in keeping port-related freight on rail and off roads.

“This is a very important project which the State Liberal-National Government is very keen to see completed because it will improve the efficiency of the Kewdale freight terminal,” Mr O’Brien said.

“We have undertaken extensive community consultation on upgrading this important freight hub and we are now working on implementing the key recommendations of the Kewdale-Hazelmere Integrated Masterplan.”

Work is expected to be completed before October 2009.

The project will be managed by Main Roads Western Australia Metropolitan Region.