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$100m Murdoch Drive Connection in WA a step closer to construction


Posted by Monica Gameng

A new milestone has been reached for the $100 million Murdoch Drive Connection project in Western Australia, with the concept design already approved.

This project will link Murdoch Drive to Roe Highway and Kwinana Freeway, relieving congestion on Murdoch Drive, South Street and Kwinana Freeway once works are completed.

“The Murdoch Drive Connection is a long planned project required to support the ongoing economic development of the Murdoch Activity Centre, which has the potential to become the largest employer in the Metropolitan Area outside of the Perth CBD.

“The project will support an estimated 700 jobs and will lead to shorter and more predictable journey times for those who work or live in the Murdoch precinct, as well as visitors to patients of Fiona Stanley Hospital,” Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said.

Mr Fletcher added that this connection will be providing better access for those going into the precinct from the south and east as well as complement the vital upgrades on Kwinana Freeway.

New Murdoch Drive Map.jpgSource: Main Roads WA

According to Western Australian Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti, the concept design for this project has been carefully refined since it was announced in May 2017.

The approved concept design includes:

  • Two-way access to the Murdoch Activity Centre from Kwinana Freeway and Roe Highway
  • Access to the Murdoch Drive Connection northbound (towards the Murdoch Activity Centre) from Bibra Drive
  • Access from Murdoch Drive southbound (from Murdoch Activity Centre) to Farrington Road

“The finalised concept design for the Murdoch Drive Connection balances the core project requirement of improved, two-way access to the Murdoch Activity Centre from Kwinana Freeway and Roe Highway, and the concerns raised by the local community of additional traffic movements on local roads,” Ms Saffioti said.

Early works – including earth works and establishment of a site office – are already underway to prepare the site for major construction activities in early 2018. The project is due for completion in 2019.

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Source: Government of Western Australia, Main Roads WA

Monica Gameng

Monica Gameng

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