The State Government has brought forward a $58million project to widen the section of Kwinana Freeway between Leach Highway and Roe Highway to three lanes, to reduce congestion and improve safety.
Transport Minister Troy Buswell today announced that Highway Construction Pty Ltd was selected as preferred proponent for the project, with construction work to commence in June 2011 and take about 10 months to complete.
“This section of Kwinana Freeway becomes heavily congested during peak traffic periods, and widening it from two to three lanes in both directions will help alleviate the situation as well as improve safety and travel times,” Mr Buswell said.
“In addition, this widening will improve freight transport efficiency and reliability to the Port of Fremantle.”
The Minister said 107,000 vehicles per day travel on Kwinana Freeway between Leach and Roe highways, with this expected to rise to 113,000 in 2016 and to 131,000 in 2031.
“These are dramatic increases on an already congested area of the freeway,” he said.
“With traffic growth on this section of the freeway expected to grow at about two per cent annually, the State Government has brought this project forward by a year to help alleviate congestion as soon as possible.”
Funding for the widening and upgrade of the 4.5km section of the freeway is split between the State Government, through Main Roads, and the Federal Government.
The existing freeway and ramps will be resurfaced, while other project elements include noise walls and shared paths.
A special consultation group, which will include local residents, will be formed to engage key stakeholders and raise public awareness of the project.
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