A THIRD lane could be added to one of the most congested parts of the Mitchell Freeway within two years, following a funding announcement.
The State and Federal governments have announced they will jointly fund the $76 million widening project between Hodges Drive and Hepburn Avenue southbound.
Moore MHR Ian Goodenough said the project was November 20 announcement was “a big win for commuters in the northern suburbs”.
“The project is now fully funded and is scheduled to be constructed by 2021 and would create 530 jobs,” he said.
“Not only will this project reduce travel times for commuters it will also stimulate the local economy by creating 530 jobs.”
The announcement was part of a $940 million boost to infrastructure funding in WA by both governments over the next four years.
Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton and Kingsley MLA Jessica Stojkovski joined Premier Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti to announce the freeway project at address congestion at a section of the freeway that was already at capacity.
About 15,380 vehicles use the 8.8km stretch each day, with high demand during peak periods, and the work is expected to reduce peak hour journey times by up to eight minutes.
It is also expected to improve safety as there were 560 crashes recorded on the Mitchell Freeway southbound from 2014 to 2018, with one fatality and 305 major incidents.
Ms Hamilton said residents were frustrated about the increasing congestion on freeways and the project would accommodate population growth.
“This upgrade will save us time, keep us safe and create local jobs,” she said.
Ms Stojkovski said she knew how frustrating being stuck in traffic was.
“Travelling during peak hour traffic on my way to parliament adds time to my journey and means I spend less time at home with my kids,” she said.
“This is great news for our community.”
The State Government plans to award a construction contract in October 2020 and finish the work in late 2021.