Freeway entrance overhaul in $35m project

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A NEW on-ramp will be built to replace a complicated entrance to the Kwinana Freeway by next year as part of a $35 million project.

A southbound freeway on ramp from Manning Road will be constructed to bust congestion at the Canning Bridge and Kwinana Freeway interchange in Como.

It is estimated about 7000 vehicles a day will use the new on-ramp after completion, reducing traffic on the Canning Highway and improving travel times by five minutes during peak hour.

Kwinana Freeway, Como. Picture: Main Roads

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the project would create easier access to the freeway instead of an intricate path of traffic lights, freeway on and off ramps, and variable speeds.

“We expect this project to reduce pressure on other parts of the road network and to complement the many upgrades underway on the Kwinana Freeway and its connecting roads,” she said.

“While there are some roadworks in the short-term, southern suburbs commuters will notice a huge difference to their travel times upon completion and we thank them for their patience.”

The $35 million project was jointly funded with the Australian Government committing $28 million and the Western Australia Government committing $7 million.

In addition to the new on-ramp, the project will include construction of a southbound freeway lane from Canning Highway to Edgewater Road footbridge and a merge lane from the new on-ramp to the Kwinana Freeway southbound.

A noise wall will be constructed adjacent to Edgewater Road in Salter Point between the street and the freeway.

BMD Construction was awarded the contract in August 2019 with the new on-ramp expected to be operational in mid-2020.

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