Western Australia Minister for Transport Simon O’Brien
Liberal-National Government Delivering On Road Upgrades
Victor P Taffa
The Liberal-National Government is delivering on its Budget promise to fix some of the State’s worst black spots with work officially starting today on the new $48 Million Reid Highway and Alexander Drive interchange.
Transport Minister Simon O’Brien said this vitally important project was representative of the State Government’s commitment to fixing black spots and ensuring Western Australia has safer roads.
“The Reid Highway plays a key role in Perth’s transport network, providing a vital east-west link between many of our major north-south arteries.” Mr. O’Brien said.
“With continued rapid growth in Perth’s north-eastern suburbs, traffic numbers at this intersection have increased to the point where unacceptable delays are being experienced, especially at peak periods.”
“Safety has also long been a concern and the intersection is now ranked highest in the metropolitan area for vehicle crashes with 365 crashes reported in the five years to December 2008.” Mr. O’Brien said.
The Minister said the $48 Million project, scheduled to open in April 2011, is jointly funded with the Commonwealth Government providing $10 Million towards the total cost of the works.
The completed interchange will include two separate bridges along Reid Highway over Alexander Drive.
Mr. O’Brien said that in 2010-11, the State Government would invest more than $1.2 Billion building and maintaining WA’s 180,000 km of roads.
“The State Government is specifically providing $220 Million over the next four years in targeted works through the Safer Roads and State Black Spot program to ensure the State’s road network receives appropriate upgrades.” the Minister said.
“Increased funding of $136 Million up from $123 Million in 2009-10 is also being provided to local governments in 2010-11 to assist them to undertake important construction and maintenance works on roads under their control.”
Other key road programs to have funding allocated in 2010-11 include:
- $14 Million upgrade of Coalfields Highway between the Wellington Dam turnoff and Collie;
- $112.6 Million interchange at the intersection of Roe and Great Eastern highways in Midvale;
- $155 Million Mandurah Entrance Road;
- $111.6 Million duplication of Dampier Highway between Karratha and the Burrup Peninsula Road;
- $106.7 Million Indian Ocean Drive between Lancelin and Cervantes;
- Acquisition and pre-construction activities for the $225 Million upgrade of Great Eastern Highway in Belmont and Rivervale.