Works begin on Great Eastern Highway

Work has started on a $350 million upgrade of the Great Eastern Highway in Western Australia

June 27, 2011

Work has started on the $350 million upgrade of the Great Eastern Highway as part of a joint government investment to increase capacity, safety and efficiency on the route.

The section between Kooyong Road and Tonkin Highway is the first to be upgraded under the project, which will eventually deliver six lanes over 4.2km between Rivervale and Redcliffe.

The project is expected to be completed by December 2013.

"Great Eastern Highway is a major arterial route for the east metropolitan region, servicing around 55,000 vehicles per day, so it is vital that this section of the highway is upgraded to improve the capacity and reliability of the corridor," federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says.

He says major intersections will need to be upgraded to include bus priority lanes and dedicated turning movements.

West Australian Transport Minister Troy Buswell says the upgrade will be constructed progressively to minimise disruptions to motorists.

Major construction is expected to begin in the first section of the upgrade, between Kooyong Road and Belmont Avenue, in September 2011 and will occur on the new eastbound carriageway.

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