Gateway WA ahead of schedule, passes halfway mark
28 January 2015
Joint release with:
WA Minister for Transport
Construction of the $1 billion Gateway WA Project is steaming ahead after passing the halfway mark six months earlier than originally scheduled with final completion projected by mid-2016.
The Gateway WA project is the largest road project ever to be undertaken in Perth and is jointly funded by the Australian ($676 million) and the Western Australian State ($310 million) Governments.
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jaime Briggs said that when complete Gateway WA will deliver a fully upgraded road network around the consolidated Perth Airport terminal and nearby Kewdale and Forrestfield industrial estates.
“This game changing project, which is supporting 1,300 construction jobs, will significantly improve access around the airport and surrounding industrial areas meaning businesses can get their products to market more quickly and efficiently,” Mr Briggs said.
“We will continue to deliver more for less and more quickly so people can spend less time stuck in traffic and more time being productive at work or at home with their families.
“This is another example of two adult governments working together to build world class infrastructure that will create thousands of new jobs, slash travel times for motorists and help unlock the economic capacity of Western Australia”.
WA Transport Minister Dean Nalder said reaching 60 percent stage of the construction program marked a significant milestone for the Gateway WA Perth Airport and Freight Access Project.
“The transformed road network will have a huge impact on alleviating congestion for road users,” Mr Nalder said.
“As the second half of the project advances, positive effects will be felt across the city as major elements of the upgrade are progressively opened to traffic. The improvements within the Kewdale Industrial Precinct are finishing, and four of the five new interchanges will come on stream before the end of the year.
“The completion of this central zone of the project will greatly improve the connectivity, reliability and safety of the one of the State's most important transport hubs.”
Work on Gateway WA's major construction packages commenced in the third quarter of 2013. The project completion date has been brought forward from early 2017 with the project team now aiming for a mid-2016 finish. Important construction milestones were achieved throughout 2014 including the first bridge beam installation for the Tonkin Highway/Leach Highway interchange.
To date Gateway WA has awarded contracts worth approximately $400 million and has engaged suppliers for the provision of goods worth approximately $24 million. The majority of this work is being delivered by more than 600 Western Australian businesses so this local investment is delivering real economic benefits for the state.
The scope of the Gateway WA project includes the construction and upgrade of five main interchanges, widening Tonkin Highway to six lanes between Great Eastern Highway and Roe Highway and upgrading Leach Highway between Tonkin Highway and Orrong Road to expressway standard.
Together with the Perth Freight Link and NorthLink WA projects, the Gateway WA project will form part of an upgraded high standard freight connection from Muchea through the Perth urban area to Fremantle Port.
The Gateway WA project is being delivered by an alliance made up of Leighton Contractors, Georgiou, GHD, AECOM and BG&E together with Main Roads WA.