The SmartWays Alliance - comprised of BMD Constructions, Ventia and Arup - has been awarded the contract to build Perth’s first Smart Freeway, taking the $47 million project one step closer to beginning construction.
The Smart Freeways - Kwinana Northbound project will be delivering an extra lane on the freeway with enhanced lane-use management, viable speed limits and coordinated ramp signals that will provide safer and more efficient roads.
“Like the name says, this is smart technology, and it will bust congestion across Perth’s southern suburbs,” Federal Minister for Cities, urban infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said.
This multi-million dollar project will be creating an additional lane from Canning Highway to the Narrows Bridge that will feature smart technology which will implement an ‘all lane running’ environment.
“It will deliver journey time savings of up to 10 minutes for freeway users travelling northbound from Roe Highway to the city.
“In a constrained location where the railway and Swan River prevent traditional widening works, Smart Freeways offer a great solution to help alleviate and manage congestion, while also improving safety for road users,” WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said.
Source: Main Roads WA
This project will also include new emergency stopping bays at regular intervals along the route to be used by vehicles in case of breakdown or incident.
The Smart Freeways - Kwinana Northbound project is jointly funded by the Australian and Western Australian Governments, each contributing $37.6 million and $9.4 million respectively. This development is part of the Federal and State Government’s $2.3 billion ‘boosting jobs, busting congestion’ package of rail and road works in WA that was announced in May 2017.
Construction and installation of the new Smart Freeway is expected to be completed in 2019, with the freeway opening to traffic by early 2020.
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