Transport Minister Troy Buswell said today that high level consultations between the State and Federal governments on the $1billion Gateway WA project had set the final project price, scope of works and construction methodology.
Gateway WA is jointly funded by the Commonwealth ($686million) and the Western Australian Government ($318million).
“Final approvals have been reached over direct costs related to the project and represent a significant milestone to enable it to progress to full delivery,” Mr Buswell said.
“Gateway WA is a commitment to a massive road network upgrade in one of the State’s most important transport hubs around the Perth airports and the nearby Kewdale and Forrestfield industrial areas which will be delivered by early 2017.
“It will not only reduce traffic congestion for Perth road users, but will benefit those West Australians in regional communities who depend on a thriving resources industry for their livelihood.
“This is the single biggest undertaking by Main Roads WA, which will be managing the project, and while I acknowledge that works of this scale and complexity can bring disruption, they have been scoped in stages to minimise interruptions and adverse impacts to local business and road users generally.
“While the full scope of works will be completed by early 2017, completed sections of the project will be opened to traffic where possible to provide immediate relief and benefit.
“Priority will also be given where possible to preserving travel times, maintaining access to driveway and public transport, and ensuring the safe passage of pedestrians and cyclists.”
The first stage of the project, construction of an on-ramp to Tonkin Highway from Abernethy Road, began in February 2013 and will be completed in September 2013.
“The on-ramp will cut 3.7 km off the current transport route for trucks by providing a direct link for heavy transport to the regional network via Tonkin Highway southbound,” the Minister said.
“This is but the first step in a large program of road infrastructure improvements that will enhance connectivity and transport efficiency within the Kewdale freight precinct.”
Main Roads WA awarded the Alliance contract by competitive tender in November 2010 to Gateway WA which comprises industry leaders; Leighton Contractors, Georgiou, GHD, AECOM and BG&E
The project includes:
A freeway-to-freeway traffic interchange at the Tonkin and Leach highways intersection, with free flowing movements in all directions, and a major new access to the international airport terminal
An interchange at the Tonkin Highway, Horrie Miller Drive and Kewdale Road intersection, removing one of Perth’s worst black spots
An interchange at the Leach Highway and Abernethy Road intersection
Upgrade of the existing interchange at the junction of the Tonkin and Roe highways to a partial freeway-to-freeway interchange
Widening of the Tonkin Highway to six lanes between the Great Eastern and Roe highways
Upgrade of Leach Highway to ‘expressway standard’ between Tonkin Highway and Orrong Road, maximising the benefits of the new Leach Highway and Abernethy Road interchange
An interchange and road extension to Boud Avenue
Upgrading local access roads in the Kewdale industrial area
Noise mitigation measures, cycling and pedestrian facilities and the installation of Intelligent Transport Systems infrastructure
Construction will be staged to minimise disruption to road users, residents and industry
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