Alannah MacTiernan

Alannah MacTiernan

Minister for Planning and Infrastructure

    Tonkin Highway extension opens to Thomas Road

    16/12/2005 12:00 AM

    The second stage of the Tonkin Highway extension will be officially opened today by Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan, 12 months ahead of schedule.

    “The completion of the $140million project runs between Armadale and Thomas Roads and is a significant boost to the regional road network, improving safety and amenity in the south-east corridor and promoting further development for Byford,” Ms MacTiernan said.

    “This seven-kilometre section was originally scheduled to open at the end of next year and provides immediate benefit to thousands of road users.

    “The direct link to the south-east corridor also provides much needed traffic relief to other key routes within the cities of Armadale and Gosnells.

    “The extension helps overcome safety and social impacts of trucks travelling through built-up areas, by concentrating those vehicles on a high standard road separate from residential streets.

    “Freight vehicles, and other regional commuters, now have a real alternative that meets their growing needs and expectations for safe and efficient transport.

    “The extension will also encourage the development of more residential land in Byford townsite as it cuts travel times to major centres.

    “The project incorporates a principal shared path along the highway’s eastern side, providing a continuous link for recreational and commuter use to enhance community lifestyles.

    “A bridle underpass has also been incorporated to facilitate equestrian movement, which plays a key feature in the lifestyle of many residents within the shire.”

    Today’s opening reaffirms the State Government’s continued commitment to regional road networks.

    Minister's office: 9213 6400