Works to upgrade the Mitchell Freeway in WA will soon commence with H2H – a joint venture between WBHO Infrastructure and NRW Contracting –announced as the winning contractor.
The Australian and Western Australian Governments have jointly funded the $76 million Mitchell Freeway widening from Hepburn Avenue to Hodges Drive. The state and federal have also jointly funded the $140 million Transforming Freeways project.
The vial works on the Mitchell Freeway will help combat congestion and improve safety on the freeway at peak times.
The Mitchell Freeway Southbound Upgrade will include:
- Widening key bottlenecks on the Mitchell Freeway
- Upgrading the Principal Shared Path network for pedestrians and cyclists
- Construction of a new third southbound land from Hodges Drive to Hepburn Avenue
- Amenity or noise walls where required
- Modification to freeway on-ramps to enable future ramp signalling at Hodges Drive, Ocean Reef Road, Whitfords Avenue and Hepburn Avenue
- Verge side emergency stopping bays
H2H will also install co-ordinated ramp signals and associated smart technologies for Hester Avenue and Warwick Road as part of the Transforming Freeways project's northern portion.
Once the upgrades are complete, morning commuters can expect to save up to 14 minutes in travel times. The widening of key bottlenecks between Hodges Drive and Vincent Street will save up to 7 minutes in travel time.
Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts Paul Fletcher commented on how monumental this project will be for the state.
"Upgrading the Mitchell and Kwinana freeways is a high-priority initiative included on Infrastructure Australia's Infrastructure Priority List, involving introducing smart freeway technology and critical upgrades across Perth's freeway corridor.
"This project will contribute to maintaining an efficient and reliable freeway network for the movement of people and freight, which supports the economic prosperity of Western Australia," Federal Minister Paul Fletcher MP said.
Construction will begin on the Mitchell Freeway within the next few months and will support over 1,000 jobs.
Source: Media Release
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