Eric Ripper

Eric Ripper

Deputy Premier; Treasurer; Minister for State Development

    State Budget 2008-09: Building WA - Massive boost for regional roads

    8/05/2008 12:00 AM
     

    The Carpenter Government would inject more than $1.4billion into improving Western Australian roads in 2008-09, with a capital works program of $810million, more than 60 per cent of which would be spent on regional roads, Treasurer Eric Ripper announced today.

     

    Mr Ripper said that overall, funding for roads in this year’s Budget had risen $246million on last year.

     

    The Treasurer said the Perth-to-Bunbury Highway was the top regional priority and the Mitchell Freeway extension to Burns Beach Road, the key metropolitan project.

     

    “We have allocated $246.3million to the Perth-to-Bunbury Highway,” he said.

     

    Due to be finished in late 2009 and with an estimated total cost of $705million, Mr Ripper said the project would deliver a new freeway from Safety Bay to Mandurah and a rural highway bypassing Mandurah to the east and linking to the existing dual highway south of Lake Clifton.

     

    “In the Pilbara region, $9.3million has been allocated for final sealing, line marking, fencing, rehabilitation of earth works and roadside amenities on stage two of the Karratha to Tom Price Road,” he said.

     

    The Treasurer said a further $31.9million had also been allocated to complete the Mitchell Freeway extension from Hodges Drive to Burns Beach Road.

     

    “This massive injection of funding shows the State Government is responding to community demand for better road transport services brought about by the unprecedented growth in the State’s economy,” he said.

     

    Mr Ripper said that as well as the $31.9million Mitchell Freeway extension other metropolitan roads projects included:

     

    ·         $52.9million to start work on the Reid Highway dual carriageway from West Swan Road to Great Northern Highway; and

    ·         $16.5million for upgrading works on Great Northern Highway between Haddrill Road and Apple Street in Upper Swan.

     

     In regional WA, major road projects in the 2008-09 State Budget included:

     

    GASCOYNE

    ·         $460,000 to fence the road reserve and remove grids on sections of North West Coastal Highway and the Minilya-Exmouth Road; and

    ·         $200,000 to modify the intersection of North West Coastal Highway and the Carnarvon Road.

     

     GOLDFIELDS-ESPERANCE

    ·         $11.5million for a new bridge and approaches at Lake Raeside on the Goldfields Highway.

     

    GREAT SOUTHERN

    ·         $600,000 towards constructing the last of six passing lanes built on South Coast Highway since 2005-06, as part of a package of improvements associated with the Ravensthorpe Nickel project; and

    ·         $400,000 for ongoing works to reconstruct and seal shoulders on sections of the Albany-Lake Grace Road between the Stirling Ranges and Borden.

     

    KIMBERLEY

    ·         $18.3million to commence construction of three bridges on Great Northern Highway between Halls Creek and Argyle Diamond Mine turn-off;

    ·         $35million towards reconstruction and widening of two sections of Great Northern Highway between Halls Creek and the Argyle Diamond Mine turn-off;

    ·         $2.2million for ongoing works on Gibb River Road (including a $1.2million contribution from the Kimberley Diamond Company); and

    ·         $4.2million for ongoing widening of Derby Highway.

     

    MID-WEST

    ·         $25million to commence construction of the Geraldton Southern Transport Corridor stage two between North West Coastal Highway and Geraldton Airport.

     

     PEEL

    ·         $246.3million for construction of the new Perth-Bunbury Highway (part of which is contained in the metropolitan region).

     

    PILBARA

    ·         $11.6million to upgrade intersections on Great Northern Highway in Port Hedland at Pinga Street and Wallwork Road and to construct a fourth lane from Wallwork Road to the Port Hedland turn-off; and

    ·         $9.3million final sealing, line marking, fencing, rehabilitation of borrow bits and roadside amenities on stage two of the Karratha-Tom Price Road.

     

     SOUTH-WEST

    ·         $22million for continued works to stage one of the Bunbury Port Access Road;

    ·         $4million to widen and reconstruct the final four kilometres of single lane seal between Nyamup and Strachan on Muirs Highway;

    ·         $2.6million for ongoing construction and sealing of Mowen Road;

    ·         $2.1million for ongoing upgrades to sections of South Western Highway between Donnybrook and Bridgetown;

    ·         $1.6million for widening works and construction of a passing lane on Bussell Highway between Vasse and Margaret River; and

    ·         $2.3million for improvements to the Caves Road intersection with Bussell Highway.

     

     WHEATBELT NORTH

    ·         $25million to commence construction of the second stage of Indian Ocean Drive, a 55km section from Ocean Farms Estate to Cervantes and works associated with connecting side roads.

    WHEATBELT SOUTH

    ·         $2.9million towards upgrading works on Brookton Highway between the Gorge Rock-Lake Grace Road and Kondinin.

     

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