- Three Kwinana Freeway projects to reduce congestion and improve safety
- 4,435 jobs expected to be created during southern suburbs road projects
- Thornlie-Cockburn Line to be built as part of METRONET
Major road projects and more than 4,000 jobs will be delivered to Perth's southern suburbs following a major infrastructure deal struck by the State and Federal Governments.
The McGowan Government has secured more than $552 million in funding for six congestion-busting road projects for Perth's southern suburbs.
The eight projects will fix congestion hotspots on major arterial roads through the southern suburban road network and will create more than 4,000 jobs during construction.
Funding for the projects is the result of a new Commonwealth-State $2.3 billion funding arrangement that includes the full relocation of funding from the cancelled Perth Freight Link.
Federal funding for METRONET has also been secured with a combined $1.2 billion allocated to its delivery, including the rail extension between Thornlie and Cockburn.
Construction of the new Circle Line is due to commence in 2019 and will allow residents in the southern suburbs to travel on an east-west rail link for the first time, including a direct connection to the new Perth stadium.
Meanwhile, the schedule to duplicate Armadale Road will be brought forward.
The extension of Murdoch Drive to Kwinana Freeway and Roe Highway is one of three projects resulting in the renegotiation of the Roe 8 contract.
In recent weeks, the McGowan Government has worked with Main Roads Western Australia, the Roe 8 Alliance and the Commonwealth Government to bring forward alternative road projects to safeguard jobs for the local contractors and suppliers.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"This announcement confirms our commitment to promises made during the election and will also alleviate the congestion problems every motorist faces on the Kwinana Freeway.
"The southern suburbs transport network will be further bolstered once METRONET is extended from Thornlie to Cockburn and again when the rail is extended to Byford."
Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
"This investment will improve safety and travel times for major road connections servicing Perth's southern suburbs while creating upwards of 4,000 jobs.
"The long-awaited widening of a section of Kwinana Freeway northbound is included in $600 million in priority road works aimed at improving safety and congestion in Perth's southern suburbs.
"$49 million had been allocated to provide a third lane city-bound on Kwinana Freeway between Russell Road and Roe Highway, a distance of nearly 11 kilometres.
"This is a notoriously congested section of freeway with 75 per cent of crashes being potentially dangerous rear-end collisions.
"The additional traffic lane will improve safety, allowing for more predictable and shorter travel."
Southern suburbs projects:
Murdoch Drive Connection - to Kwinana Freeway and Roe Highway
Cost estimate: $100 million
Jobs created: 700
Kwinana Freeway southbound on-ramp from Manning Road
Cost estimate: $35 million
Jobs created: 100
Kwinana Freeway Smart Freeways/Intelligent Transport Systems - Roe Highway to Narrows Bridge
Cost estimate: $47 million
Jobs created: 245
Armadale Road to North Lake Road Bridge
Cost estimate: $237 million
Jobs created: 1,400
Armadale Road Dual Carriageway - Anstey Road to Tapper Road
Cost estimate: $145 million
Jobs created: 850
Kwinana Freeway northbound widening - Russell Road to Roe Highway
Cost estimate: $49 million
Jobs created: 340
Leach Highway - Upgrade of High Street between Carrington Street and Stirling Highway
Cost estimate: $118 million
Jobs created: 700
Karel Avenue upgrades - between Farrington Road and Berrigan Drive
Cost estimate: $15 million
Jobs created: 100
Premier's office - 6552 5000
Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500