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Construction begins on Mitchell and Kwinana Freeway upgrades in WA


Posted by Monica Gameng

Works have commenced to upgrade sections of two primary arterial roads in Perth, Western Australia - the Mitchell and Kwinana freeways. The projects are valued at $40 million and $49 million respectively, and will deliver improved travel times and safer journeys on both freeways.

These upgrades will deliver widening works on Cedric Street to Vincent Street southbound on the Mitchell Freeway and Russell Road to Roe Highway northbound on the Kwinana Freeway.

“These freeway upgrade projects are part of the State Labor Government’s wider job-creating investment into WA road projects and I’m pleased we’ve been able to get work underway in a short space of time,” WA Premier Mark McGowan said.

Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said that thousands of Perth locals will benefit from these congestion-busting projects.

Mr Tudge added: “The Mitchell and Kwinana Freeway upgrades will increase freight efficiency and improve access to services and employment hubs.”

Scope of works for the Kwinana Freeway upgrade will include:

  • Construction of noise walls along the western side of the freeway where it is required according to noise modelling
  • Upgrading and realignment of the existing Principal Shared Path (PSP)
  • Modifications to drainage, kerbing, surfacing, lighting, road safety barriers, service relocations, signage and line marking

Kwinana Freeway northbound widening - Fact Sheet May 2017-1Source: Main Roads WA

This project is going to be undertaken by BMD Constructions.

“The Kwinana Freeway Widening project will add eight kilometres of additional lane and provide capacity for an extra 1,800 vehicles per hour, improving traffic flow for those commuting to the CBD or our northern suburbs,” WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said.

Federal Member for Stirling Michael Keenan said that the Mitchell Freeway caters to up to 180,000 vehicles daily and it links Perth’s northern suburbs to the city as well as the wider metropolitan area, making the freeway carry some of the highest traffic volumes in the region.

The Mitchell Freeway upgrade will include:

  • Construction of an additional 7-kilometre lane on the freeway southbound from Cedric Street to Vincent Street
  • Complete the missing link on the Principal Shared Path from Glendalough Station to Hutton Street
  • Improving median barriers between the railway line and traffic lanes with existing barriers being replaced with concrete barriers
  • Provision of noise and screen walls where required

Mitchell Freeway southbound widening May 2018-2Source: Main Roads WA

“This project will fix the major bottlenecks occurring on the Mitchell Freeway at two locations where four lanes merge into three, significantly shortening journey times during the morning peak times,” Mr Keenan said.

Weather permitting, both Mitchell and Kwinana Freeway upgrades are set to be completed by late 2019.

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Source: Government of Western Australia; The West Australian; Main Roads WA (1, 2)

Monica Gameng

Monica Gameng

As PlantMiner's Marketing Assistant since 2015, Monica is responsible for researching and sharing new and progressing projects within the construction and mining sectors in Australia. It's no surprise that Monica has her finger on the pulse of Australian major projects given she has produced more than 1000 posts. She truly is an industry expert. Monica's passion for educating and inspiring readers saw the PlantMiner blog recognised by Feedspot as one of the Best Australian Construction Blogs in 2018 and 2019. PlantMiner is Australia's largest online construction marketplace. Sign up as a vendor to find and engage with civil and commercial contractors across Australia. Alternatively, if you're looking for plant and equipment you can compare equipment and subcontractor quotes from vendors near you in just a few steps.