Western Australia Minister for Transport Simon O’ Brien
Reid Highway Extension On Target
Victor P Taffa
Western Australia Minister for Transport Simon O’Brien said today that construction of the Reid Highway extension from West Swan Road to Great Northern Highway was fast approaching a successful completion.
Mr. O’Brien said the $101 Million project, being undertaken under contract by Macmahon Contractors, would be open to traffic towards the end of February.
“The State Government is determined to deliver infrastructure projects that facilitate future economic growth and improve road safety.” Mr. O’Brien said.
The Minister said the project involved the construction of 2.6 km of dual carriageway between West Swan Road and Great Northern Highway in Middle Swan; the provision of a road underpass and service road to facilitate safe local access; and significant improvements to the signalised intersection at Great Northern Highway.
It also involved building a new road bridge across the Swan River, designed to accommodate four lanes of traffic and a separate shared path facility.
Mr. O’Brien said most of the structural work was finished and the emphasis was now on asphalting the roads, erecting safety barriers and installing street lighting and traffic signals.
Swan Hills MLA Frank Alban said residents and businesses in the area were eagerly awaiting the completion of this project.
“Delivery of this project will provide significant benefits to the Swan Valley for both residents and business and will be welcomed by all.” Mr. Alban said.
The Minister thanked motorists for their patience and courtesy during construction, which often necessitated temporary changes to traffic flows, particularly during modifications to the Great Northern Highway intersection.
“Ultimately, this work will help reduce road congestion, improve access to areas of potential employment and residential growth and provide improved facilities for pedestrians and cyclists.” Mr. O’Brien said
The Government of Western Australia is committed to delivering fully funded road projects without the need for a Toll charge.