FIRMS keen to design and construct an upgraded Karel Avenue bridge have been asked to put their names forward.
The $15 million project includes an overhaul of the Roe Highway and Karel Avenue interchange, including widening the existing bridge.
Main Roads WA is also considering upgrading Karel Avenue between Farrington Road and Berrigan Drive to a four-lane dual-carriageway, but this will be “subject to additional funding and consultation with key stakeholders”.
That was despite this aspect featuring prominently in early upgrade talk in May.
Main Roads is also weighing up whether to lengthen the Karel Avenue bridge across the freight rail line immediately south of Roe Highway to facilitate construction of the Thornlie-to-Cockburn Metronet rail line.
Federal Liberal Tangney MHR Ben Morton said the upgrade would improve vehicle access for people in Bull Creek, Leeming and workers heading into and out of the ever-expanding airport and commercial precinct in Jandakot.
Requests for proposals from shortlisted applicants will be issued in early 2018 before a contract is awarded and work begins in the third quarter of 2018.
The Federal Government will pour $12 million into the $15 million project; the State Government will cover the rest.
With Jandakot Airport set to support 300 businesses and 8000 jobs within 10 years, Jandakot Airport Holdings managing director John Fraser said in June delivery of the project was a must.
“If the Karel Avenue upgrade eliminates the inefficient dog-bone intersection over Roe Highway, it will be very important,” he said.
Jandakot MLA Yaz Mubarakai said previously the upgrades would complement other major road upgrades in the south metropolitan corridor, including the widening of Kwinana Freeway and the Murdoch Drive extension.
There was another boost for other local roads too, with an announcement that close to $1 million would be spent upgrading Willagee’s Garling Street from Stock Road to Cox Court and Ardross’s Henley Road from Coomoora Road to Coogee Road.
Myaree’s McCoy Street, between North Lake Road and Rome Road, and Thurso Road are also set for upgrades.
The upgrades will include a complete resurfacing, kerb replacement where required and pram ramp upgrades.
The projects, funded by the Federal Government’s Roads to Recovery Program, are scheduled to be completed by April, 2018.