Overpass promise ‘broken’

Opposition leader Mark McGowan and West Swan MLA Rita Saffioti cross Reid Highway on Malaga Drive. d412397
Opposition leader Mark McGowan and West Swan MLA Rita Saffioti cross Reid Highway on Malaga Drive. d412397

Mr McGowan said the latest budget showed the State Government had failed to allocate the proposed $75 million to the Malaga Reid Highway overpass through until 2016/17 and pointed out the project was already overdue with construction yet to begin.

‘This is one of the worst black spots in Western Australia, with over 400 crashes in 10 years to the end of 2010,’ he said.

‘What disappoints me the most is that people were lied to before the State election. They promised the overpass would be put in place by 2014 and it turns out the money is not in the budget so it will be years away.’

But Morley MLA Ian Britza defended the delay, saying it would be finished in this term of government and the project had been delayed in order to save money.

‘As far as I’m concerned I’m not at all nervous about thinking that we’ve been dishonest,’ he said.

‘This last bit is a bit frustrating for them and I do hear from them and I’ve taken their concerns to the minister and I do ask for their patience.’

Mr Britza said he did not have a clear answer for why only $47 million of the proposed $75 million was allocated to the project, but said it would not affect the overpass.

‘I don’t have an answer for that particular issue, that’s not going to affect the Malaga Reid Highway,’ he said.

Mr McGowan said evidence from Main Roads WA last week in a parliamentary estimates committee revealed the delayed completion date of December 2017 was now under threat.