Stage 1 of $1.12 Billion NorthLink Project to Begin in Early 2016.
Work is due to start on the first stage of the NorthLink WA Project in early 2016. The project is worth $1.12 billion, with the Australian Government committing more than $894 million towards the project and the WA Government contributing $223 million.
Yesterday, Warren Truss (Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development) announced that John Holland Pty Ltd is the preferred bidder for the first stage of the project and we can expect the contract to be awarded within the next few weeks.
Mr Truss called the NorthLink project a “game changing project” and said it will reduce congestion while supporting thousands of new jobs.
Currently, the National Highway Network follows the Great Northern Highway alignment. The route goes through the Swan Valley area where there’s limited opportunity for any further upgrades and the growing traffic is impacting the community.
As traffic is removed from the Great Northern Highway and onto Tonkin Highway, tourists and Swan Valley residents will experience a more pleasant and safer environment. Freight efficiency, productivity and capacity will be improved, urban congestion will be reduced, and road safety will be improved (in line with WA’s “Towards Zero” policy).
The project will include new flyovers at the Morley Drive, Benara Road and Collier Road intersections, along with the upgraded section of Tonkin Highway. The highway currently provides a vital link for traffic movements to industrial and commercial areas like the Perth CBD, Perth Airport, Kewdale, Malaga and the Kwinana industrial area.
WA Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the Tonkin Highway carries more than 70,000 vehicles each day and the project will result in freer-flowing traffic, similar to the Gateway WA project.
“Fewer traffic lights means vehicles will keep moving and travel times will improve, resulting in safer communities and neighbourhoods and less congestion on local roads,” Mr Nalder said. He also mentioned that the project will be delivered in the current competitive marketplace, providing greater value for taxpayer dollars and better roads for motorists.
Christian Porter, Federal Member for Pearce, said that the project will deliver major benefits to both his electorate and WA as a whole. “The NorthLink Project is another example of the Coalition Government’s commitment to delivering important road infrastructure projects to regional communities”, he said.
Stage 2 of NorthLink WA is from Reid Highway and will connect the Great Northern Highway and Brand Highway. It will provide a 37km highway from Malaga, through the Swan Valley to Muchea.
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