'Great day' for WA as new highway opens

Kwinana Freeway extension and Forrest Highway opens ahead of schedule, cutting travel times by 30 minutes

The Kwinana Freeway extension and Forrest Highway has opened three months ahead of schedule, which will slash travel times.

Labelled by Senator for Western Australia Chris Evans as one of the largest infrastructure projects ever undertaken in the State, the opening of the 70.5 kilometre road is the culmination of five years of work.

Calling the opening a "great day" for Western Australia, Evans says the continuous dual carriageway from Perth to the State’s south-west will bypass the heavily populated areas of Mandurah and Dawesville, taking 30 minutes off trips for the 30,000 motorists expected to use the route each day.

"It will also take the pressure off other routes, including the Old Coast Road and South Western Highway," Evans, who is also the Minister for Immigration, says.

The $705 million project was jointly funded by the Federal ($330 million) and Western Australian ($375 million) governments.

The Rudd Government is also spending $3.4 billion over six years on Western Australia’s road and rail infrastructure.

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