The Australian and Western Australian Governments are delivering better road networks for Perth with four companies shortlisted to prepare detailed proposals for the Tonkin Highway upgrade as part of the $1.12 billion NorthLink WA initiative.
Assistant Minister for Infrastructure Jamie Briggs and WA Transport Minister Dean Nalder said construction would start in early 2016 to deliver:
- New interchanges at the intersections of Collier Road and Morley Drive
- A flyover at Benara Road
- An upgraded section of the Tonkin Highway, north of Guildford Road.
“The Tonkin Highway provides a vital link for regional traffic movements to commercial and industrial areas such as Malaga, Kewdale, Perth Airport and the Perth CBD,” Mr Briggs said.
“The other component of NorthLink WA, the Swan Valley Bypass, will extend this route to connect with the Brand Highway and Great Northern Highway at Muchea, providing a major route to the North-West.
“This game changing project is part of the Australian Government’s biggest ever road investment program in our nation’s history to support thousands of new jobs and reduce congestion on major freight corridors throughout Western Australia.”
Mr Nalder said today’s announcement was the latest in a series of NorthLink WA project milestones achieved since early 2014.
“We have been refining the project concept and technical studies to get this project to this stage, with a high level of involvement from stakeholders and community members,” he said.
“By delivering infrastructure in the current competitive marketplace, we can provide better roads for motorists and greater value for taxpayer’s dollars.”
Detailed proposals will now be sought from proponents, with an announcement of the successful contractor expected before the end of the year. The four companies shortlisted are:
- Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd;
- Georgiou Group Pty Ltd and York Civil Pty Ltd as Georgiou York Joint Venture;
- John Holland Pty Ltd
- McConnell Dowell Constructors.
The Australian Government has committed more than $894 million and the Western Australian Government more than $223 million to the project.
NorthLink WA is part of a multi-billion dollar joint investment between the Australian and WA governments, including Perth Freight Link and Gateway WA, and involves:
- the Swan Valley Bypass, a new 37km link from the intersection of the Reid and Tonkin Highways in Malaga to the Great Northern Highway in Muchea
- the Tonkin Highway intersection upgrades at Benara Road, Morley Drive and Collier Road
The objectives of NorthLink WA are to:
- improve freight capacity, efficiency and productivity
- reduce urban congestion now and into the future
- improve road safety in line with the State’s ‘Towards Zero’ policy
- maximise sustainability through economic, social and environmental responsibility; and
- improve amenity for the community, tourists and road users.
Source: News Release, Government of Western Australia, 02 June, 2015