PERTH’s eastern suburbs have been allocated more than $600 million for road improvements in a move that will ease congestion and create 3600 jobs.
The six projects will fix congestion hotspots on major roads through the eastern suburbs.
The funding for the projects comes from the new Commonwealth-State agreement to reallocate $2.3 billion in funding from the defunct Perth Freight Link project.
Federal funding for METRONET has also been secured, with $1.2 billion allocated to its delivery, including the rail extension between Thornlie and Cockburn.
The upgrade of Armadale Road to a dual carriageway between Tapper Road and Anstey Road is one of three projects resulting from the renegotiation of the Roe 8 contract, with work to begin this year.
The projects are:
Armadale Road Dual Carriageway – Anstey Road to Tapper Road
Cost estimate: $145 million
Jobs created: 850
Armadale Road to North Lake Road Bridge
Cost estimate: $237 million
Jobs created: 1,400
METRONET – Denny Avenue: Level Crossing Removal
Cost estimate: $62 million
Jobs created: 350
Roe Highway/Kalamunda Road Intersection
Cost estimate: $86 million
Jobs created: 600
Reid Highway Dual Carriageway – Altone Road to West Swan Road
Cost estimate: $70 million
Jobs created: 400
Hale Road/Woolworths Drive Intersection upgrade
Cost estimate: $900,000
“We are dedicated to getting on with our election commitment to create jobs and cut congestion in the eastern suburbs – this program of works is testament to that commitment,” Premier Mark McGowan said.
“The eastern suburbs network will be further enhanced by the future extension of Metronet from Thornlie to Cockburn, the start of the new Circle Line.”
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the move will improve safety and travel times.
“These upgrades will deliver our key election commitments and are additional to current congestion-busting projects like NorthLink WA and New Lord Street,” Ms Saffioti said.
“The duplication of Armadale Road between Anstey Road and Tapper Road, a distance of nearly 10 kilometres, will cost $145 million and create up to 850 jobs.
“Aside from safety improvements, the project will increase network capacity and support further urban developments in Byford and Mundijong as well as industrial developments in Forrestdale.”