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Road works to bust Karel Avenue congestion in WA

  • Posted on Thursday 8th, August 2019.

A $28.7 million road upgrade on Karel Avenue in Perth’s southern suburbs is set to eliminate a notorious bottleneck according to the Government of Western Australia.

Karel Avenue Bridge over Roe Highway will reportedly be widened to create a dual carriageway, connecting at the roundabouts for on- and off-ramps.

Funding from the City of Cockburn and Jandakot Airport Holdings will allow for the project to widen Karel Avenue from Farrington Road to Berrigan Drive.

Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure, Alan Tudge, said the upgrade would vastly improve access to Roe Highway and Kwinana Freeway for people living in Leeming and Bull Creek.

"This is going to get rid of a frustrating and potentially dangerous bottleneck south of Farrington Road, where two lanes currently merge into one,” said Tudge.

"It will create better access to the Jandakot Industrial Area, which is expected to support more than 8,000 jobs and 300 businesses when fully developed,” he said.

The Karel Avenue project was one of 18 projects agreed to in the Commonwealth-State $2.3 billion ‘boosting jobs, busting congestion’ funding arrangement announced in May 2017.

Western Australian Minister for Transport and Planning, Rita Saffioti, said the Karel Avenue Upgrade was one of seven new road projects to be constructed in Perth's south aimed at enhancing transport efficiency and safety by busting congestion on our road network.

"The combined projects will deliver increased capacity to remove congestion at known pinch points such as Karel Avenue and Cockburn Central, improving access to commercial hubs and medical facilities,” said Saffioti.

Federal Member for Tangney, Ben Morton, said a travel time saving of 70 per cent in morning and afternoon peaks was forecast once the project is complete, compared to 2017 and 2020 forecast traffic data.

"Of the 142 recorded crashes between 1 January 2012 and 31 December 2016, about 60 percent were recorded as rear end crashes,” said Morton. "The project will increase safety across the entire Karel Avenue and Roe Highway interchange."

Completion is scheduled for late 2020.

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