Funding to widen freeway confirmed

The $62 million project, to be split equally at state and federal level, will widen the southbound section of the Kwinana Freeway between Roe Highway and Armadale Road to accommodate a third lane.

A new on-ramp is also part of the package.

It is hoped the upgrade will draw traffic away from Berrigan Drive, a road motorists currently use to bypass the peak-hour logjam where Roe Highway meets the Kwinana Freeway.

Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the project would begin in the middle of the year and take a year to complete.

‘To try to minimise the impact of these road works on traffic during construction, Main Roads will keep the current traffic lane configuration open during peak operational hours along Kwinana Freeway,’ he said.

Main Roads predicts about 50,000 cars use the stretch of road daily.

That is expected to increase to 65,000 cars by 2021 and 75,000 by 2031.

Mr Nalder said there was scope for further upgrades.

‘As part of the future-proofing of the Kwinana Freeway ‘