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 Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former 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

Green light for next stage of Kwinana Freeway widening

Media Release

JB086/2015

03 August 2015

Joint release with:

Dean Nalder

WA Minister for Transport

The Australian and Western Australian Governments are steaming ahead with the next stage of the Kwinana Freeway widening project by today announcing the successful tenderer for the southbound section from Armadale Road to Russell Road.

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Jamie Briggs said Brierty Contractors have been awarded a $13.5 million contract to construct the next stage, which involves adding three more lanes for 3.5 kilometres.

“More than 52,000 vehicles use this section of the freeway each day and this figure is expected to rise to 75,000 vehicles by 2021,” Mr Briggs said.

“We are wasting no time delivering the world class infrastructure Perth needs with construction due to begin in September and project completion by mid-2016.

“This project along with our other game changing infrastructure investments like the Perth Freight Link, NorthLink WA and Gateway WA will slash travel times for motorists and help unlock Western Australia's economic capacity.”

The works follow on directly from the freeway widening between Roe Highway and Armadale Road, which will be completed in a few weeks, several months ahead of schedule.

Western Australian Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the addition of a third lane would be a significant safety improvement at a critical freeway merge point.

“This work will be delivered under budget due to a competitive marketplace for road construction,” Mr Nalder said.

“It's all part of our plan to provide an integrated transport network for WA and improve traffic flow and safety.

“This has allowed us to deliver the benefits of this key infrastructure project earlier than expected as well as provide the best value for taxpayers' money.”

The Australian Government is contributing $61.9 million to the $77.5 million overall project.