Federal funding boosts WA roads

WA will receive a boost to the state’s infrastructure with a $940 million increase in Federal and State funding.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has revealed an $868 million injection for WA’s roads, boosting funds from about $4.5 billion to $5.4 billion over four years.

The funding will be allocated to six projects, in a bid to drive jobs, strengthen the economy and increase road safety.

New infrastructure projects will include Mitchell Freeway (Hodges Drive to Hepburn Avenue) widening southbound, Lakelands Station and Great Northern Highway (Apple Street ) Intersection upgrade.

It will also include upgrades to the intersection of Wanneroo Road and Morley Drive as well as the upgrade of two intersections at Wooroloo and Sawyers Valley on Great Eastern Highway (Old Northam Road) and Reid Highway (Erindale Road) project development for grade separation.

Funding has also been brought forward for the Bunbury Outer Ring Road, Albany Ring Road, Alice Springs to Halls Creek Corridor Upgrade, Fremantle Traffic Bridge.

Funds have also been brought forward for the Karratha to Tom Price Corridor, Newman to Katherine Corridor Upgrade, Port Augusta to Perth Corridor and Tonkin Highway Gap.

“With $817 million in additional federal funding being injected into these eight projects over the current forward estimates period we’re focused on getting people to work and home sooner and safer while also boosting WA’s economy,” Mr Morrison said.

“We’re delivering this package of critical road and rail projects sooner as part of our $100 billion pipeline which forms a key plank of our plan for a stronger economy.”

The works is expected to create around 1,000 jobs, adding to jobs created by other infrastructure projects under construction or in the pipeline.

“This new infrastructure package will create more WA jobs and more opportunities for local businesses,” Premier Mark McGowan said.

He said funding brought forward helped WA begin construction on existing projects.

“We’re already embarking on the biggest road and rail building program WA has ever seen,” Mr McGowan said.

“This new agreement with the Commonwealth comes on top of the almost 500 road and METRONET projects currently underway or in the pipeline – when complete it will be an unprecedented transformation of our transport network.”

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said the funding helped ensure WA received its fair share in federal infrastructure investment.

“Since 2013, the Federal Government has committed more than $13.5 billion in additional federal infrastructure funding to support projects across Western Australia,” Mr Cormann said.

“Our Government is focused on delivering projects which deliver real benefits to Western Australians, whether it’s upgrading the Great Northern Highway and Apple Street intersection ensuring better safety for motorists or improving commuter congestion on the Mandurah rail line.”

Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said beginning construction on $430 million worth of Urban Congestion Fund projects in Perth would help “bust congestion” saving WA commuters time and money.

WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said it benefitted all areas of WA.

“”The package of works has something for Perth’s northern, eastern and southern suburbs which are all experiencing significant population growth,” Ms Saffioti said.

“These road and rail projects will join a long pipeline of other major infrastructure developments such as METRONET that will create local jobs and set the foundation for our economy to grow.

“The State Government put forward an ambitious timeframe for the existing projects and we’re working hard to get new contracts underway, as soon as possible, including having to work through Federal environmental processes.”

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