Contract awarded for Reid Highway duplication project

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti. Picture: Matt Jelonek
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti. Picture: Matt Jelonek

THE 4km widening of Reid Highway between Altone Road and West Swan Road is expected to start mid-year.

The dual carriageway project aims to boost east-west road connections.

It is jointly funded by the Federal ($56 million) and State ($14 million) Governments, with a $7.5 million contribution from the City of Swan towards the Arthur Street Bridge.

The project will also include a new bridge over the highway at Arthur Street to connect Caversham and Dayton.

A shared path will be built to connect to other cycle paths at New Lord Street and NorthLink WA and create cycling access to Ellenbrook, the Swan Valley and suburbs along Reid Highway.

Decmil Southern Pty Ltd has been awarded the contract to design and construct the project.

Construction is expected to be completed in mid-2020.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the section was one of the last parts of the highway to be widened from single lanes.

“When the Reid Highway dual carriageway project gets under way, New Lord Street will be open, more of NorthLink WA will be open and the Morley-Ellenbrook Line will be progressing further towards a construction start date,” she said.

“We look forward to seeing this project progress, delivering an efficient east-west route across Perth’s north eastern suburbs for local residents, commuters and the freight industry.

“This project is the latest milestone in the transformation of the road network in Perth’s north eastern corridor – we then embark on building the Morley-Ellenbrook Line.”

Meanwhile, work on the $64.8 million project to build a bridge over Wanneroo Road as Ocean Reef Road starts today.

It is jointly-funded by the Federal ($51.84 million) and State ($12.96 million) Governments.

Construction is expected to be completed by late 2020.

Both projects were part of the $2.3 billion ‘boosting jobs, busting congestion’ package of road works announced in May 2017.

The interchange project is expected to create 350 jobs, while the Reid Highway dual carriageway is estimated to create 400.