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Construction begins on WA's Karel Avenue Upgrade


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Posted by Monica Gameng

Construction is now underway on the $28.7 million Karel Avenue upgrade in Western Australia, which is set to relieve the bottleneck in Perth’s southern suburbs. In June, Georgiou Group was awarded the contract to deliver this project.

The upgrade includes:

  • Widening the Karel Avenue bridge over Roe Highway
  • Extending Karel Avenue bridge across the freight railway line located south of Roe Highway to facilitate the construction of the Thornlie-Cockburn Link as part of METRONET
  • Extending the existing Karel Avenue underpass to accommodate the widening
  • Modifying the existing Training Place intersection to leff in and left out to promote safe access
  • Widening Karel Avenue between Farrington Road intersection and Roe Highway to four lanes
  • Widening Karel Avenue between Roe Highway and the Berrigan Drive roundabout to a four-lane dual carriageway, including modifications to the roundabout approaches to enable two lanes in each direction

“This is going to get rid of a frustrating and potentially dangerous bottleneck south of Farrington Road, where two lanes currently merge into one.

“It will create better access to the Jandakot Industrial Area, which is expected to support more than 8,000 jobs and 300 businesses when fully developed,” Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said.

Karel Avenue Upgrade - Overview map - January 2019Source: Main Roads WA

The Karel Avenue upgrade is one of the 18 projects funded through the Commonwealth-State $2.3 billion “boosting jobs, busting congestion” fund announced in 2017.

This project is also one of the seven new road projects to be delivered in Perth’s south, which will help improve transport efficiency as well as safety by busting congestion in the local road network.

“The combined projects will deliver increased capacity to remove congestion at known pinch points such as Karel Avenue and Cockburn Central, improving access to commercial hubs and medical facilities.

“These projects support other major transport infrastructure improvements such as the METRONET Thornlie-Cockburn Link, to provide better options for commuters and those travelling in the southern suburbs on a daily basis,” Western Australian Minister for Transport and Planning Rita Saffioti said.

Once completed, the upgraded Karel Avenue will be able to deliver up to 70 per cent travel time savings during the morning and afternoon peaks.

The upgrade is due to be completed in late-2020.

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Source: Government of Western Australia; Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure; Main Roads WA; Roads & Infrastructure Australia

Monica Gameng

Monica Gameng

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