Highway upgrade on track for early completion

Widening of Great Eastern Highway is expected to be completed six months ahead of schedule

February 1, 2013

The $280 million project to widen the Great Eastern Highway in Western Australia is on track to be completed in June, six months ahead of schedule.

The upgrade will widen the route from four to six lanes between Kooyong Road and the Tonkin Highway.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says the project will ease congestion by increasing the highway’s carrying capacity from 50,000 to 85,000 vehicles a day.

The Federal Government has contributed $224 million to the project, with Western Australia tipping in $56 million.

Albanese says the works will complement other improvements to the highway, including the new interchange at the intersection with the Roe Highway which was completed last year.

Western Australian Transport Minister Troy Buswell says the upgrade will cut travel times, ease congestion and improve access to the Perth’s airport and surrounding areas.

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