THE Australian and Western Australian governments last week announced that four companies have been shortlisted to prepare detailed proposals for the Tonkin Highway upgrade as part of the $1.12 billion NorthLink WA initiative.
Australian 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; and
- 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 the 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; and
- McConnell Dowell Constructors.
The Australian Government has committed more than $894 million and the Western Australian Government more than $223 million to the project.