WORK has started on turning Reid Highway into a dual carriageway between Altone and West Swan roads.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti turned the first sod for the 4km road works on Monday.
There will be modifications to the intersection of Reid Highway and West Swan Road and a new shared path for pedestrians and cyclists.
The project will also include a bridge over Reid Highway at Arthur Street to connect Caversham and Dayton residents.
Emergency vehicles will also have access to an extra exit and entry point.
Decmil Southern Pty Ltd was awarded the contract for the project.
The $77.5 million project is jointly funded by the Federal Government ($56 million) and State ($14 million), with a $7.5 million contribution from the City of Swan towards the Arthur Street Bridge.
Ms Saffioti said the project would help pave the way for continued growth and investment in suburbs in the north-eastern corridor.
“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,” she said.
Midland MLA Michelle Roberts said the bridge would complement Reid Highway in improving local access for residents and relieve pressure on the Lord Street-Reid Highway intersection.
Swan Mayor David Lucas said the highway upgrades would improve safety and reduce the likelihood of collisions, which had claimed six lives in recent years.