ROCKINGHAM and Mandurah drivers received a long-awaited boost with the opening last month of additional lanes on the Kwinana Freeway and Russell Road bridge duplication upgrades in Cockburn.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the upgrades would improve connectivity and traffic flow for the more than 52,000 motorists who use the major arterial route every day.
“They will now have access to three southbound lanes between Armadale Road and Russell Road,” Mr Chester said. “That means more efficient travel, which equals less time stuck in traffic and more time at home with family.”
The freeway widening and bridge duplication projects generated 475 jobs.
Senator Chris Back said completion of the projects would reduce the need for motorists to use local roads in the area that have not been designed to handle a high volume of traffic.
State Transport Minister Bill Marmion said the new Russell Road bridge doubled the number of lanes to four, improving traffic movements and catering for expanded traffic volumes.
The Kwinana Freeway and Russell Road upgrades were jointly funded, with the Federal Government contributing $81.97 million and the State Government $25.53 million.
The Kwinana Freeway project also included the previously completed widening from the Roe Highway to Armadale Road southbound.