- More congestion relief in the pipeline for freeway commuters
- $15 million allocated towards new Mitchell Freeway project in the 2018-19 Budget
- Construction of freeway upgrades will create hundreds of new local jobs
- $186 million being invested to help improve traffic flow on Perth's freeways
The McGowan Government's transformation of Perth's freeways continues with funding approved for an additional lane on the northbound section between Hutton and Cedric streets.
A $15 million allocation has been included in the 2018-19 State Budget to get the project underway, with completion expected in early 2020, creating more than 50 local jobs.
The project will alleviate congestion where traffic can bank up back onto the freeway, creating safety hazards and significant time delays for motorists.
This latest Mitchell Freeway project involves widening the northbound lanes from the Hutton Street on ramp to the Cedric Street off ramp.
Traffic volumes show that about 25,000 vehicles are using this section of the Mitchell Freeway each day during the afternoon peak, which is well above capacity.
This upgrade complements the Stephenson Avenue project in Stirling, with $125 million of State and Federal Government funding allocated to help address chronic traffic congestion around the Cedric Street precinct.
Four other projects are soon-to-be underway on Perth freeways:
- Mitchell Freeway southbound widening - Cedric Street to Vincent Street (construction starts 2018);
- Kwinana Freeway northbound widening - Russell Road to Roe Highway (construction starts 2018);
- Kwinana Freeway northbound Smart Freeway - Farrington Road to the Narrows Bridge (construction starts 2018); and
- Kwinana Freeway southbound on-ramp from Manning Road (construction starts 2019).
In addition, the McGowan and Turnbull Governments have agreed to extend the Mitchell Freeway from Hester Avenue to Romeo Road, with the Federal Government so far committing $108 million to the project.
The series of freeway upgrades, along with the expansion of the rail network through METRONET, will ease congestion, create jobs and improve transport connectivity.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"As someone who uses the freeway every day, travelling between Rockingham and Perth, I know just how important a smooth running freeway ride can be.
"A free-flowing freeway can be a huge difference to the lives of so many families, it can mean getting home in time for dinner, dropping the kids off at school on time and generally making life just that little bit easier.
"This part of the freeway driving north has become a real problem and I think many Western Australians know, no matter where you live around Perth, about the traffic nightmare we all face when trying to access Ikea off the freeway - it can be a complete standstill sometimes."
Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
"The Mitchell Freeway carries some of the highest traffic demands in Perth. Providing extra freeway capacity will result in a smoother and more reliable journey for residents of Perth's northern suburbs.
"The project should significantly improve traffic flow and reduce congestion for those commuting to our northern suburbs during the afternoon peak.
"This is another example of the State Government delivering another high impact, low cost project that can be delivered quickly to alleviate congestion during peak periods and create jobs."
Premier's office - 6552 5000
Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500