FEDERAL Labor has pledged $80 million to the Armadale flyover bridge project if elected in July.
The cost of the bridge is estimated at $160 million, but Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese said the State Government would fund the rest of the project and local governments would also chip in with funding.
Mr Albanese was with Labor candidate for Burt Matt Keogh and a host of other Labor politicians on Armadale Road yesterday for the announcement.
Mr Albanese said connectivity between local governments was important.
“What we have is enormous growth with these local communities,” he said.
“Unless this part of the bridge is fixed, it will be a road to congestion. We expect the State Government (to contribute) and there might be a local government contribution too.
“Our money’s on the table; it will be in the budget.”
Mr Keogh a Labor Federal Government would help fix congestion issues in Burt.
“We know the suburbs of Piara Waters and Harrisdale are the epicentre of growth in Perth right now and it is important that we get this project off the ground as a compete project as a road and bridge,” he said.
Liberal candidate for Burt Matt O’Sullivan said would speak with state Transport Minister Dean Nalder about the issue.
“The Federal and State Liberal Governments have already delivered $145 million to upgrade a crucial section of Armadale Road between Anstey Road and Tapper Road,” he said.
“The North Lake Bridge project is subject to further planning against state needs and priorities.”
“It’s only Liberal Governments that have delivered real results for this crucial project.”
Connecting Armadale Road to the freeway would provide a more efficient and safer connection for daily commuters and create growth opportunities for small businesses
There was no money allocated to the project in this year’s Federal Budget.