Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Beams lift for new Reid Highway bridge

Media Release

PF019/2015

06 November 2015

Joint release with:

Dean Nalder

WA Minister for Transport

Bridge beams for the new Reid Highway bridge over the Mitchell Freeway will be installed this weekend, heralding a major milestone in the $108 million joint Australian and Western Australian Government funded project.

The Australian Government is contributing $67.2 million to this project. It is one of nine projects, receiving a total of $499.1 million in Australian Government funding, under the WA Infrastructure Project National Partnership.

Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government Paul Fletcher said over this weekend eight bridge beams measuring up to 44.5 metres long and weighing up to 162 tonnes each would be lifted into place using a 600 tonne crane.

“When completed the new bridge will provide two lanes in each direction, resulting in immediate safety and efficiency gains, along with greater capacity in the future as traffic increases,” Mr Fletcher said.

The Reid Highway duplication project also includes the widening of Reid Highway to include dual lanes in both directions between Erindale Road and Duffy Road. It is part of a much larger $108 million project which includes a new interchange at the junction of Reid Highway and Malaga Drive, and the widening of Reid Highway from Marmion Avenue to Duffy Road.

Western Australian Minister for Transport Dean Nalder said the work was part of an integrated transport plan to improve traffic for freight and general motorists.

This section of the highway was a known congestion point and carried about 30,000 vehicles per day, he said. By 2031, it will carry about 59,000 vehicles per day.

In conjunction with the Public Transport Authority, Main Roads has scheduled the bridge work closures to coincide with the Joondalup Line railway maintenance shutdown, to minimise disruption and impacts on road and rail users.

The Joondalup rail line will be closed from Perth Station to Whitfords Station from Friday 6 November to Sunday 8 November, with trains resuming at the start of timetabled services on Monday 9 November.

Transperth will have replacement buses running during the closure, but there will be some delays, so passengers should plan their journey and allow for additional travel time.

The joint works will also require the closure of a section of Mitchell Freeway and Reid Highway on the weekend of 6, 7 and 8 November.

For further information on road closures and detours visit: www.mainroads.wa.gov.au/AboutMainRoads/News/Pages/default.aspx.

For further information on the Joondalup Line rail line closure visit: www.transperth.wa.gov.au/Track-Closures/Planned-Works-Calendar/Planned-Works-Details/joondalup-line-perth-to-whitfords-closure-14317