Bridge over Kwinana Freeway is number one priority of City of Cockburn

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett and Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones at the site of the new Armadale Bridge Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au   d453308
Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett and Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones at the site of the new Armadale Bridge Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d453308

SECURING bi-partisan support for a $160m bypass over the Kwinana Freeway is the number one goal for the City of Cockburn leading up to the state election, says Mayor Logan Howlett.

Cockburn officials used Premier Colin Barnett’s tour of the $109 million Cockburn ARC facility last Wednesday to spruik the bridge to link North Lake Road to Armadale Road.

But they will ramp up their efforts on Friday when they launch phase three of the Community Connect South (CCS) campaign.

CCS is a joint venture between the Cockburn Council and the City of Armadale aimed at addressing congestion in the region.

Previous phases have secured money to duplicate Armadale Road between Tapper and Anstey roads.

But the two councils are now chasing a commitment on the bridge.

While WA Labor has already promised to scrap the $1.9b Perth Freight Link and redirect funding towards the flyover should it win the election, Mr Howlett said the City would work hard to secure a campaign pledge from all parties.

“The future of Cockburn Central as a vibrant and effective centre is dependent on securing the $160m required to build the bridge,” he said.

“While this is a considerable sum, the investment would be offset by work the City is doing to upscale the value of State Government land holdings, estimated to be worth tens of millions of dollars.”

Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones said widening Armadale Road was only half the job.

“Without the bridge, traffic from Armadale Road will simply be pushed into Cockburn Central, creating even more pressure on the road network and worsening traffic congestion issues. The bridge is the solution,” he said.

People hoping to see a local cinema complex will also hope the bridge is funded soon, as plans to expand Cockburn Gateway Shopping City are dependent on it being built.

The $300m next stage will bring with it a long-awaited cinema complex, a department store and restaurants, plus hundreds of permanent jobs.