Monday 8 May 2017
Federal funding for Armadale Road Bridge
WA Liberal Senator Linda Reynolds has welcomed a $2.3 billion federal and state funding agreement that will include the construction of the Armadale Road Bridge.
The Turnbull Government will commit $1.6 billion and the McGowan Government will commit $745 million as part of the joint road and rail infrastructure package. This significant agreement will provide a major boost to WA’s local economy, with 6,000 jobs expected to be created as a result of 17 new projects.
Senator Reynolds said the bridge over the Kwinana Freeway linking Armadale and Northlake roads was the vital second stage of the Armadale Road upgrade, which would provide a better east-west link.
“Good east-west transport links support local jobs, which is why I’ve been advocating for the extension of the Thornlie rail line to Cockburn, and I’m delighted the federal government has allocated $700 million for future Metronet projects such as this,” she said.
“Armadale Road is also fast-becoming a critical connection between skilled workers living in the south eastern suburbs and the employment hubs at Kwinana, Rockingham and Fremantle. However, I drive on Armadale Road regularly and I know how congested it can get at peak hours and even on weekends when other roads are quiet.
“The Federal Government has already committed $116 million to the duplication of Armadale Road, which is stage one of the Armadale Road Upgrade, but I’m thrilled we’re now able to help fund this important second stage. The $237 million project will reduce the congestion and the bottleneck that forms toward the end of Armadale Road where the entrance to the shopping centre, Kwinana Freeway entrance, train station and North Lake Road intersection all converge.”
Federal funding will also be allocated to the $15 million Karel Avenue upgrade between Farrington Road and Berrigan Drive.
For the full list of projects visit https://www.pm.gov.au/media/2017-05-07/23-billion-jobs-and-infrastructure-boost-western-australia
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