Armadale, Cockburn mayors annnounce plans for road bridge

Mayor Logan Howlett and Mayor Henry Zelones at the site of the proposed bridge. Picture: Matt Jelonek
Mayor Logan Howlett and Mayor Henry Zelones at the site of the proposed bridge. Picture: Matt Jelonek

THE Cities of Armadale and Cockburn are again on the campaign trail for the $160 million Armadale Road Bridge at the upcoming State Election.

The councils are pushing for a new bridge and freeway interchange at North Lake Road.

It would bypass traffic around Cockburn Central and provide easier access to Kwinana Freeway and Armadale Road.

The Cities of Armadale and Cockburn launched phase three of the Community Connect State to get support for the bridge, which will link Armadale Road with North Lake Road and reduce traffic congestion around Cockburn Central, Armadale Road and the Kwinana Freeway entry.

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The pair of councils campaigned throughout the 2016 Federal Election, but couldn’t get a commitment from the Government.

WA Labor has already promised to scrap the $1.9 billion Perth Freight Link and redirect funding towards the flyover should it win the March 13 election.

The duplication of Armadale Road already received funding in September 2015 by the federal and state governments.

Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones said the road network around Cockburn Central was already at breaking point, leaving commuters frustrated and angry, as traffic added delays to their already busy lifestyles.

Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said he would like to secure funds from both parties.

Jandakot MLA Joe Francis said the greatest priority to ease traffic congestion is to build Roe 8, to which the City of Cockburn was fundamentally opposed.

“The council’s own traffic modelling reports prove the positive impact Roe 8 will have on traffic in the Cockburn area, but the council is deliberately not allowing those reports to be made public,” he said.