THE State Government has announced funding for an additional lane on the Mitchell Freeway in Osborne Park.
Premier Mark McGowan said $15 million would be allocated in this year’s budget to widen the northbound section of the freeway between Hutton and Cedric streets.
According to the government, more than 25,000 vehicles are using this section of the freeway during the afternoon peak, which is well above capacity.
“A free-flowing freeway can be a huge difference to the lives of so many families, it can mean getting home in time for dinner, dropping the kids off at school on time and generally making life just that little bit easier,” he said.
“This part of the freeway driving north has become a real problem and I think many Western Australians know, no matter where you live around Perth, about the traffic nightmare we all face when trying to access IKEA off the freeway – it can be a complete standstill sometimes.”
The widening aims to complement the Stephenson Avenue extension project, which the State and Federal governments have committed $125 million of funding to, and is expected to be finished in 2020.
Construction of the freeway widening southbound between Cedric and Vincent streets will start this year.