A new milestone has been reached for the $47 million Kwinana Freeway Smart Freeways in Western Australia, with three consortia shortlisted to deliver the project.
The three alliances are:
- Intelligent Transport Alliance – comprising of CPB Contractors, LendLease Services, Jacobs Group (Australia) and SICE
- Perth Smart Alliance – comprising of Georgiou Group and WSP
- SmartWays Alliance – comprising of BMD Constructions, Ventia Pty Ltd and Arup Group
Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher said that the Smart Freeway will utilise technology in order to create an additional lane from Canning Highway to the Narrows Bridge by converting the existing emergency lane into a full-time traffic lane.
“The high-tech components of this project are expected to deliver journey time savings of up to 10 minutes for freeway road users travelling from Roe Highway to the city.
“The Turnbull Government is delivering almost $7 billion worth of infrastructure projects in Western Australia and this project is another example of how that funding is boosting the state’s economy,” Mr Fletcher said.
According to WA Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti, the technology that is going to be used has been proven successful around the world for congestion management as well as improving safety and getting the most out of the existing road.
“This is a state first, with the upgrade the first use of Smart Freeways technology in Perth.
“Investment in a number of priority projects around the state highlights the McGowan Government’s commitment to boosting the economy and creating jobs for West Australians,” Ms Saffioti said.
Federal Member for Swan Steve Irons said that this vital project forms part of the $2.3 billion WA Infrastructure Package that is expected to create up to 6,000 jobs for the region.
“The project from Canning to the Narrows Bridge will allow us to create additional freeway capacity along this critical corridor and will be complements with ramp signals at Farrington Road, South Street, Leach Highway and Cranford Avenue. These will balance the flow of traffic onto the freeway and ease stop-start conditions,” Mr Irons said.
The Kwinana Freeway Smart Freeways is expected to be completed and operational by early 2020.
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