Nearly $1m funding boost to help WA ease congestion
Posted on 29 November 2019
Western Australia has an incoming $940m funding boost from the Australian and state governments which will go towards transport projects that will help to ease congestion throughout the state.
Over $200 million will fund six major projects, including the widening of the Mitchell Freeway (Southbound) and the construction of Lakelands Train Station along the Mandurah line.
“We’re delivering this package of critical road and rail projects sooner as part of our $100 billion pipeline which forms a key plank of our plan for a stronger economy,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.
The new investment boost is anticipated to create up to 1,000 jobs in addition to the jobs being created through other State infrastructure projects which are already underway or in the pipeline.
“We’re already embarking on the biggest road and rail building program WA has ever seen.
“The bringing forward of funding by the Commonwealth also ensures that the State Government can get on with building the projects,” Premier of Western Australia Mark McGowan said.
Project funding that will be brought forward will include:
- $283.6 million for the Bunbury Outer Ring Road
- $82.8 million for the Albany Ring Road
- $36.2 million for the Alice Springs to Halls Creek Corridor Upgrade
- $16 million for the Fremantle Traffic Bridge
- $156.7 million for the Karratha to Tom Price Corridor
- $40.8 million for the Newman to Katherine Corridor Upgrade
- $40.8 for the Port Augusta to Perth Corridor
- $159.9 million for the Tonkin Highway Gap
On the other hand, new infrastructure projects include:
- Mitchell Freeway (Hodges Drive to Hepburn Avenue) Widening southbound – estimated cost: $76 million
- Lakelands Station (Mandurah Line) – estimated cost: $80 million
- Great Northern Highway (Apple Street) Intersection Upgrade – estimated cost: $14 million
- Wanneroo Road (Morley Drive) Intersection Upgrade – estimated cost: $15 million
- Great Eastern Highway (Old Northam Road) upgrade two intersections at Wooroloo and Sawyers Valley – estimated cost: $14.375 million
- Reid Highway (Erindale Road) project development for grade separation – estimated cost: $2.5 million