Work underway on Kwinana Freeway upgrade

Kwinana Freeway. Picture: Jon Hewson d442326
Kwinana Freeway. Picture: Jon Hewson d442326

WORK is underway to build WA’s first Smart Freeway and deliver faster and more reliable commuting times between Perth CBD and the southern suburbs.

Federal Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said the upgrade on the Kwinana Freeway would create an additional traffic lane and use technology such as variable speed limits, coordinated ramp signals, CCTV and lane-use management to optimise traffic flow.

“The project covers 13km of the Kwinana Freeway northbound between Farrington Road and the Narrows Bridge, which includes the additional traffic lane from Canning Highway to the Narrows Bridge to boost jobs and bust congestion,” he said.

“A lane-use management system, similar to that used for the Northbridge Tunnel, creates an additional lane between Canning Highway and Narrows Bridge by safely opening the emergency stopping lane on the freeway to all traffic.

“There will be increased signage to display open and closed traffic lanes, as well as the provision of new emergency stopping bays in case of crashes and breakdowns.”

WA Transport and Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said the project was the latest in a series of upgrades to both the Kwinana Freeway and the Mitchell Freeway.

She said seven major road projects were in the works in Perth’s southern suburbs that would add more than 22km of new freeway capacity between Russell Road and the Narrows Bridge, as well as adding capacity to arterial roads.