WA State Budget 2018: road upgrades receive attention in Perth’s southern suburbs

Kwinana Freeway. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d442326
Kwinana Freeway. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d442326

ROAD upgrades, a new birthing centre at Fiona Stanley Hospital and a new fire station are some of the projects being funded in the southern suburbs from this year’s State Budget.

Traffic is set to be eased for northbound commuters with widened lanes from Russell Road to Roe Highway, with $46 million allocated from 2017-18.

A further $46 million has been committed to the Armadale Road Bridge/North Lake Road Flyover, $10 million has been put into the Manning Road on-ramp construction project, $46 million for access to the Murdoch Activity Centre from Kwinana Freeway, and $20 million into the Roe Highway to Narrows Bridge Smart Freeways project.

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Funding of $118 million has been promised for a Leach Highway upgrade from Carrington Street to Stirling Highway, with $7.5 million in this year’s budget and $55 million in the following two years’ budget estimates.

Millions have also been poured into public transport, with $110 million allocated this year out of a proposed $536 million to extend the Thornlie line to Cockburn station, the first stage of a potential circle line.

The new Redcliffe and Airport Central stations will also share part of $514 million set aside for the Forrestfield-Airport Link, with the project on track for completion in late 2020.

Cyclists are big winners with $67 million allocated to close gaps along the Fremantle Railway and Mitchell Freeway principal shared paths, which will complete an interconnected network of pathways extending out 15km from the CBD.

About $18.7 million of this will allow construction to start on the highly-anticipated Fremantle Railway project, and $31 million is available for the planning, design and construction of local bicycle infrastructure including the Bike Boulevard grant program.

Almost $8 million has been assigned to a new career firefighters station in Kensington, with $600,000 on the way this year and more than $7 million next year.

$35 million has been set aside this year for the level crossing removal program as part of Metronet; Oats Street is one of the crossings undergoing planning for removal.

The $1.8 million election commitment for a birthing centre at Fiona Stanley Hospital has been fulfilled.

Fremantle College has been assigned $1.3 million for additions and improvements, and Melville Senior High School will receive the final $2.5 million promised for its performing arts centre.

Funding for Belmont City College’s performing arts centre is still set to kick in from 2019-20.

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