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State Budget to transform WA’s roads

  • Posted on Thursday 10th, May 2018.

The McGowan Labor Government's second State Budget will enable dozens of major job-creating road projects to continue or start construction in 2018-19.

A total investment of $3.2 billion for road infrastructure and maintenance initiatives will help reduce congestion, improve safety and create thousands of jobs throughout Western Australia.

A range of major regional and metropolitan road projects, committed to during the election and as part of reallocated Perth Freight Link funding, will either continue or kick-off construction this financial year.

New projects include a $15 million widening upgrade of Mitchell Freeway northbound between Hutton Street and Cedric Street, which is now the fifth project set to get underway as part of Perth's freeway transformation.

The McGowan Government is allocating a total of $125 million on the extension of Stephenson Avenue between Scarborough Beach Road and the Mitchell Freeway, with $65 million of this funded by the Commonwealth.

Other projects that have either started recently or about to start construction include: $145 million for the duplication of Armadale Road between Anstey Road and Tapper Road; $86 million for the provision of a bridge at the intersection of Roe Highway and Kalamunda Road; $40 million for widening the southbound lanes of Mitchell Freeway between Cedric and Vincent streets; $115 million for bridges at the intersection of Wanneroo Road and Ocean Reef Road, and Wanneroo Road and Joondalup Drive; $70 million for the duplication of Reid Highway between Altone Road and West Swan Road.

The massive investment in regional roads includes $70 million to deliver upgrades on roads where there is a high risk of run off road accidents, and funding for 18 major projects, including: $347 million for a range of upgrades on the Great Northern Highway from Muchea to Wubin; $65.7 million to complete the construction of the remaining 90 kilometres of unsealed sections of the Broome-Cape Leveque Road; $30 million for upgrades to the South Coast Highway between Albany and Jerramungup; $50 million for Stage 3 of the Karratha-Tom Price Road improvement project; $35 million to progress planning for Stages 2 and 3 of the Albany Ring Road; $17 million to continue upgrades to Great Eastern Highway on priority sections identified in the Wheatbelt Safety Review; and $20 million to widen a 58-kilometre section of Indian Ocean Drive to allow a greater centre separation between traffic and reduce the risk of off-path and head-on crashes.

The McGowan Government will also invest $93.8 million over the forward estimates period – $75 million of this being Commonwealth funds - to commence the northern and southern sections of the Bunbury Outer Ring Road. This will improve road freight access to the Port of Bunbury, reduce congestion and improve safety for all traffic.

Significant funding has been allocated to safety related road programs and projects, including $53 million from the Road Trauma Trust Account, $29 million towards various regional projects under the Regional Road Safety Program, $34 million for projects on key freight routes under the Safer Roads and Bridge Improvements Program and $20 million for the State Black Spot Program.

Road maintenance expenditure will also continue to increase, with the road maintenance budget totalling $1.8 billion between 2018-19 and 2021-22 - which is $438 million more than the four years up to and including 2016-17.

"Busting congestion, improving safety and creating more local jobs remain the McGowan Government's primary focus when it comes to road spending,” said Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.

"We are also continuing to deliver on our 2017 election commitments which will reduce congestion and improve road safety.

"Congested roads impede the movement of commuters and business, and lumbers industry with tens of millions of dollars in added operating costs.

"Since coming to government we have moved quickly to have a number of job-creating road projects get underway - building those projects is our focus right now - but we are also continuing to plan for the next priority projects.

"The new priority projects are important for WA's road network and we have already successfully secured Federal funding for them. As that work is completed, the timing of the projects will be determined, but importantly further Federal funding will also be sought from existing Federal Government infrastructure programs,” she said.

The McGowan Labor Government also reaffirmed its commitment to local government roads, allocating $182 million via the State Road Funds to Local Government Agreement in 2018-19 alone.

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