Tony McRae

Tony McRae

Former Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Disability Services

    New Karel Avenue bridge will improve safety and access.

    1/06/2006 12:00 PM

    A new bridge over the rail line at Karel Avenue in Leeming, was officially opened to traffic today.

    Minister Assisting the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure and Riverton MLA Tony McRae said the bridge eliminated the need for traffic to negotiate the old level crossing on Hope Road.

    Mr McRae said the $5.8million bridge was a vital element of the Roe Highway Stage Seven project, which completed the extension of the highway to Kwinana Freeway.

    “The new bridge provides improved and direct access to Jandakot Airport from Roe Highway and Karel Avenue,” he said.

    “The local community and Jandakot Airport have also asked for improved access between Karel Avenue, Hope Road and Berrigan Drive and a new roundabout will be constructed to connect these three roads.”

    Mr McRae opened the bridge with representatives from Jandakot Airport and Main Roads WA at a ribbon cutting ceremony on site.

    The Minister said the project went ahead only after a commitment by Jandakot Airport to contribute two thirds of the cost, with the State Government providing the remaining funds.

    “Without the $3.85million contribution from Jandakot Airport Holdings, the project would not have proceeded,” he said.

    “This is an excellent example of the State Government and private enterprise co-operating to bring a result that benefits business and the community.”

    Jandakot Airport Holdings managing director John Fraser said the completion of the new bridge was a significant occasion for the airport.

    “Access to the airport and the 148ha development of non-aviation land at the airport is critical and this is the first of a number of major infrastructural projects required for our exciting mixed use development,” Mr Fraser said.

    “We look forward to working with the State, Cockburn City and Canning City to realise the mutual benefits of co-operation in developing this land.”

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