Local workers will begin construction this year on the Stephenson Avenue Extension after local company, Densford Civil Pty Ltd, were today announced as the preferred tenderer for phase one of the project.
The highly anticipated project will be delivered in phases with the first phase to be managed by the City of Stirling.
The first phase will see Stephenson Avenue extended from Scarborough Beach Road to Sarich Court, including new connections to Ellen Stirling Boulevard at Howe Street and Oswald Street with construction anticipated to commence in August.
Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan said it was positive to see a local company selected as the preferred proponent to deliver this important project.
"We promised this at the election, and we're delivering on that promise, with up to 100 local jobs to be created in the process - it's projects like this that help support our economy and local businesses," he said.
"Not only will this project create and support local jobs, it reflects our commitment to ensuring key infrastructure is in place that will help reduce congestion and unlock private investment in a key hub outside of Perth."
Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the works were part of a wider transformation of Perth's road network with an unprecedented number of projects underway.
"You can see construction activity everywhere across the city with the Mitchell Freeway being transformed, Armadale Road to North Lake Road Bridge and of course the massive METRONET," Mr Tudge said.
"Making sure we are injecting much needed infrastructure funds into the WA economy and creating jobs for hard working West Australians is a top priority as we make our way out of the COVID pandemic."
WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said phase two of the project is one of the 24 Western Australian transport projects being fast tracked to support local jobs during COVID-19.
"We anticipate seeking expressions of interest from industry in July to build phase two of the Stephenson Avenue Extension, with construction scheduled to begin early in 2021," Ms Saffioti said.
"This project will provide local businesses with a new transport network, connections for cyclists through the construction of a principal shared path and access to public transport.
"This is just one of a number of road and rail projects, including our massive pipeline of METRONET work, we have underway creating and supporting local jobs and assisting in our COVID economic recovery."
The Federal Member for Curtin Celia Hammond, said the project would improve accessibility, connectivity and travel times for local residents and businesses.
"This new infrastructure will ease traffic congestion and reduce travel times for local families while also improving the accessibility to the Stirling City Centre, connecting people with jobs and services." Ms Hammond said.
"Given the impacts of COVID-19 on small businesses in Curtin, I'm delighted that a local business has been selected to deliver phase one of the project - which will play a vital role in facilitating economic and social development in our community",
City of Stirling Mayor Mark Irwin said the Stephenson Avenue Extension would deliver improved accessibility in the essential activity corridor.
"After years of planning and community engagement, it's fantastic to see all tiers of government working together to forge ahead with these important projects, particularly with the severe and sustained impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy," he said.
"The Stephenson Avenue Extension project is a key component of the vision for Stirling City Centre, which will work to unlock private investment in the area, relieve traffic congestion and increase employment opportunities."
The Stephenson Avenue Extension Project is jointly-funded by the Australian ($65 million) and
State ($60 million) Governments.
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