An agreement between the Australian and Western Australian Governments has been reached for a $2.3 billion road and rail infrastructure package for the State.
This agreement will provide a major boost to the State’s local economy, with approximately 6,000 jobs to be generated by 17 new projects.
The Australian Government has invested $1.6 billion to this package, whereas the State Government has invested $745 million.
The WA Infrastructure Package will include:
- Armdale Road/north lake Road (Kwinana Freeway) – Constructing bridge and collector roads (Project cost: $237 million)
- Leach Highway (Carrington Street to Stirling Highway) – Upgrade to High Street (Project cost: $118 million)
- Fiona Stanley Hospital and Murdoch Activity Centre Access from Kwinana Freeway and Roe Highway (Project cost: $100 million)
- Roe Highway (Kalamunda Road) – Constructing grade separated intersection (project cost: $86 million)
- Reid Highway (Altone Road to West Swan Road) – Constructing dual carriageway (Project cost: $70 million)
- Wanneroo Road (Ocean Reef Road) – Constructing grade separated intersection (Project cost: $65 million)
- Wanneroo Road (Joondalup Drive) – Constructing grade separated intersection (Project cost: $50 million)
- Kwinana Freeway (Russell Road to Roe Highway) – Widening of northbound lanes (Project cost: $49 million)
- Kwinana Freeway (Roe Highway to Narrows Bridge) – Implementing smart freeways (Project cost: $47 million)
- Mitchell Freeway (Cedric Street to Vincent Street) – Widening of southbound lanes (Project cost: $40 million)
- Kwinana Freeway (Manning Road) – Constructing freeway on-ramp (Project cost: $35 million)
- Outback Highway seal priority section (Project cost: $33 million)
- Wanneroo Road (Joondalup Drive to Flynn Drive) – Constructing dual carriageway (Project cost: $31 million)
- Karel Avenue (Farrington Road to Berrigan Drive) – Upgrade works (Project cost: $15 million)
- Bunbury Outer Ring Road – Planning work (Project cost: $12.5 million)
- Woolworths Drive/Hale Road intersection upgrade (Project cost: $600,000)
- METRONET – Denny Avenue and Davis Road (Armdale Rail Line) level crossing removal (Project cost: $62 million)
A combined $1.2 billion will also be allocated towards the Western Australian Government’s METRONET project, and it will include $700 million from the Federal Government – still subject to positive business cases – which will go towards future METRONET project such as the Thornlie and Yanchep line extensions. A further $86 million will be invested on other METRONET related project as well.
“We recognise the priorities of the WA State Government and will work with them to deliver high quality outcomes for Western Australia.
“In particular, the State Government’s METRONET initiative fits in well with my Government’s Smart Cities agenda, and we will continue to work with the Premier and his team to make it happen,” said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
According to Premier Mark McGowan, this road and rail infrastructure package will help ease congestion as well as improve road safety and connectivity across Perth and the State.
“This package will deliver a significant jobs boost across Western Australia.
“We’re getting on with the job and delivering on our promises to the people of Western Australia, delivering new job creating and congestion busting projects,” the Premier said.
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Source: Government of Western Australia