The Mitchell Freeway extension from Burns Beach Road to Hester Avenue started today - six months earlier than planned.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the $261.4 million project is part of the Australian Government's special $499.1 million funding commitment to Western Australia.
"The Australian Government will provide $209.1 million towards this extension," Mr Truss said.
"It will allow for continued commercial and residential growth in Perth's northern suburbs and support the State's economy more broadly, including the creation of more than 100 jobs at the peak of construction."
Western Australian Minister for Transport Dean Nalder said he was pleased to see the Australian Government funding the project.
"Investing in the State's road network is essential for continued growth in our economy," Mr Nalder said.
"Our focus is on providing people with a choice of travel so they can get to work, home and other destinations. The State Government is investing heavily in roads, public transport and cycle paths as part of a co-ordinated approach to transport planning.
"Residents will see a significantly different road through the extensive upgrades, with the new section to provide a more direct route to Perth's northern suburbs and relieve traffic buildup on nearby roads.
"The project has already delivered economic benefits to the local community. A $160 million design and construction contract was awarded to Leighton Contractors in April, with many of the ensuing jobs available to residents. Not only will this project improve productivity, it will generate new sources of revenue through the employment of locals."
Federal Member for Moore Ian Goodenough attended the sod turn in Clarkson today and underlined the importance of the Mitchell Freeway to Western Australia's economy.
"The Mitchell Freeway links directly to major traffic routes such as Kwinana Freeway, and indirectly to major interstate roads such as the Great Eastern Highway. Upgrading this road will support the efficient movement of goods and people across the city," Mr Goodenough said.
"The freeway extension will also improve the safety of local roads in suburbs such as Kinross and Currambine, as it will become the better option for traffic from the northern suburbs."
Leighton Contractors is designing and building the extension, for completion by mid-2017. The work includes:
- Six kilometres of dual lane freeway from Burns Beach Road to Hester Avenue for north and southbound traffic, with space for an extra lane each way when required
- Extension of Neerabup Road eastwards from Connolly Drive to Wanneroo Road
- Duplication of Hester Avenue from Hidden Valley Retreat to Wanneroo Road
- Interchanges at Burns Beach Road, Neerabup Road and Hester Avenue
- A path for pedestrians and cyclists, including an overpass at Burns Beach Road
- Pedestrian underpasses at Neerabup Road, Hester Avenue and Currambine train station
- Works at the Flynn Drive/Wanneroo Road/Neerabup Road intersection
The Western Australian Government will fund the remaining $52.3 million for the project, with construction set to finish in mid-2017.
Main Roads has undertaken extensive community consultation on the project, with help from a 25-member community reference group including residents from the local area.
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