WEST Australian Transport Minister Troy Buswell last week announced that the final project price, scope of works and construction methodology for the Gateway WA Perth Airport and Freight Access Project have been agreed to, paving the way for delivery of the $1 billion project.
The project, which is scheduled for completion by 2017 and is the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken by Main Roads WA, involves a major upgrade to the road network surrounding Perth Airport and the freight and industrial hubs of Kewdale and Forrestfield.
The Federal Government will contribute $686 million to the project, with the WA Government providing $318 million. The contract to deliver the project was awarded in November 2010 to the Gateway WA Alliance, which comprises Leighton Contractors, Georgiou, GHD, AECOM and BG&E.
"Gateway WA is a commitment to a massive road network upgrade in one of the State's most important transport hubs around the Perth airports and the nearby Kewdale and Forrestfield industrial areas which will be delivered by early 2017," Mr Buswell said.
"It will not only reduce traffic congestion for Perth road users, but will benefit those West Australians in regional communities who depend on a thriving resources industry for their livelihood."
Leighton Contractors will receive more than $600 million or 68 per cent of the contract cost target of $899 million following agreement with Main Roads WA.
Leighton Holdings Chief Executive Officer, Hamish Tyrwhitt, said the award demonstrates the strength of the Leighton Group in the civil infrastructure market, following its subsidiary Thiess winning the contract for the Moreton Bay Rail Link in Queensland earlier this month.
"The project itself is an important initiative for Western Australia and an indication of the pipeline of opportunities we expect to emerge over the next few years, as this nation moves to close its infrastructure deficit and improve productivity," Mr Tyrwhitt said.
According to the government, the project includes:
- A freeway-to-freeway traffic interchange at the Tonkin and Leach highways intersection, with free-flowing movements in all directions, and a major new access to the international airport terminal;
- An interchange at the Tonkin Highway, Horrie Miller Drive and Kewdale Road intersection;
- An interchange at the Leach Highway and Abernethy Road intersection;
- Upgrade of the existing interchange at the junction of the Tonkin and Roe highways to a partial freeway-to-freeway interchange;
- Widening of the Tonkin Highway to six lanes between the Great Eastern and Roe highways;
- Upgrade of Leach Highway to 'expressway standard' between Tonkin Highway and Orrong Road;
- An interchange and road extension to Boud Avenue;
- Upgrading local access roads in the Kewdale industrial area; and
- Noise mitigation measures, cycling and pedestrian facilities and the installation of Intelligent Transport Systems infrastructure.
Construction is expected to be staged to minimise impacts to road users and the local community and opened progressively to deliver the earliest benefits. Project completion is scheduled for early 2017, ahead of the planned expansion and consolidation of the Perth airport terminals.