Widening of the Kwinana Freeway Begins

Work underway to add two new lanes to Kwinana Freeway between Leach and Roe highways in Western Australia

August 11, 2011

Major construction work is underway to add two new lanes to the Kwinana Freeway between the Leach and Roe highways in Western Australia.

The $58 million project is due to be completed and opened to traffic by mid 2012 and will widen 4.5km of freeway from two to three lanes.

Special Minister of State Gary Gray says the works, once completed, will improve safety and reduce congestion and travel times.

"This section of road has seen over 260 major accidents over the past four years," he says.

Western Australia Transport Minister Troy Buswell says the Kwinana Freeway carries around 107,000 vehicles each day, with the figure expected to rise to 131,000 by 2031.

"There is already traffic congestion during peak traffic periods, and the extra lane in each direction will help alleviate the congestion commuters experience in the short term and into the future," Buswell says.

Locally-based road builder Highway Construction successfully tendered to deliver the project.

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