Kwinana Freeway widening project starts

Kwinana Freeway widening project starts

THE notorious Cockburn bottleneck on the Kwinana Freeway could soon be a thing of the past.

Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby said the freeway widening project would improve the quality of life for thousands of local residents.

Mr Whitby joined Premier Mark McGowan, Transport Minister Rita Saffioti, Federal Minister Michael Keenan, Cockburn MLA Fran Logan and Jandakot MLA Yaz Mubarakai to mark the start of construction on the $49 million project.

“The notorious Cockburn bottleneck is hated by thousands of southern suburbs motorists and now we are going to fix it,” Mr Whitby said.

“The current issue is the traffic snare around Cockburn which has a massive knock-on effect, slowing traffic all the way back down to Baldivis at times.

“The big winners will be daily drivers from Baldivis, Wellard, Bertram, Waikiki and across the Rockingham region.

“The first works motorists will notice will be the appearance of 80km per hour speed signs on the northbound stretch between Russell Road and Roe Highway, a slight reduction in lane width and the moving of lanes to the right, closer to the rail corridor.

“This will allow the contractor to get to work on building a third northbound lane and associated works including a new parallel lane that effectively becomes a fourth lane at the northern end of the project.

“Construction will run from now until late 2019 and motorists will need to be patient and more aware of driving conditions while the works are underway. However, the payoff will be well worth it with a faster freeway and a quicker drive to work each morning.”

Mr Whitby said the decision to stop the Roe 8 project allowed money to be freed up for this project to go ahead.

“It’s a great outcome for communities in our southern corridor,” he said.