The contract to build the $400 million Tonkin Gap in Western Australia has been officially awarded to the Tonkin Gap Alliance, fast-tracking the project towards construction – which is now set to commence in September of this year.
“This is one of WA’s most congested sections of roads – I'm glad we have been able to fast-track works and help support the WA economy in the process.
“As our economy begins to recover from the effects of COVID-19, it’s important we keep major infrastructure projects moving – to build and develop communities for generations to come and to support local workers in jobs,” Premier Mark McGowan said.
The alliance is going to be working closely with Main Roads WA and Public Transport Authority (PTA) to deliver this multi-million-dollar project that is expected to create over 3,000 jobs.
“Not only is this critical infrastructure that the Morrison Government has prioritised, it also means thousands of jobs for hard working West Australians.
“It’s crucial that we support the WA economy as we come out the other side of COVID and fast-tracking projects like the Tonkin Highway Gap is part of our plan,” Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said.
Project map (source: Main Roads WA)
The Tonkin Gap Project will include:
- Additional traffic lanes in each direction between Collier Road and Dunreath Drive
- New bridges over the Swan River, Guildford Road, Railway Parade, the Midland Line railway and Dunstone Road
- Upgrades to the Guildford Road and Great Eastern Highway interchanges
- A Principal Shared Path with bridges, underpasses and local connections for cyclists and pedestrians
- Noise walls, lighting and amenity improvements
This congestion busting project will also be delivering rail-enabling works for the METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook Line, which will include building underpasses and dive structures that will enable trains to enter and travel through the highway’s median strip and then exit in Malaga.
Road and bus bridges are going to be constructed at Broun Avenue as well to help facilitate access to the future Morley Station and formation works for the rail line.
“This project will fix a bottleneck that more than 120,000 vehicles travel through daily as well as provide some of the key works for the major Morley-Ellenbrook Line along Tonkin Highway.
“When complete, afternoon commuters travelling northbound on Tonkin Highway between Morley Drive and Dunreath Drive will save up to 11 minutes on their daily drive, meaning they can spend less time on our roads and more time with friends and family,” Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said.
Construction on Tonkin Gap is due to be completed in 2023.
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