THE second of three construction contracts for the $1.12 billion NorthLink WA has been awarded to the Great Northern Connect Team - a joint venture between BGC Contracting Pty Ltd and Laing O'Rourke Australia Construction Pty Ltd.
The $417 million construction contract is for Stage 2 of the project and covers construction of the Central Section of the Swan Valley Bypass between the Reid Highway and Ellenbrook.
Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher said the new highway will take the majority of heavy traffic away from the Great Northern Highway, providing an efficient alternative freight route and creating a safer environment for Swan Valley and Ellenbrook residents, businesses and tourists.
"NorthLink WA is a vitally important project generating around 1000 jobs and demonstrates the Liberal National Government's commitment to transport infrastructure and West Australians," Mr Fletcher said.
"The NorthLink WA project once completed will provide a continuous connection from the Perth Airport area through to Muchea, and together with the Gateway WA and Perth Freight Link projects will be a major part of a high standard freight connection to Fremantle Port.
"The project is set to provide extra road capacity to Perth's north-east, which is a priority given the Ellenbrook population is expected to grow to 47,000 by 2031.
"NorthLink WA will also improve services for regional traffic movements to commercial and industrial areas such as Malaga, Kewdale, Perth Airport and the Perth Central Business District."
WA Minister for Transport Bill Marmion said work would start with the 17 kilometre link between Benara and Maralla roads, then Reid Highway between Malaga Drive to Altone Road.
"Safety is a key focus for the major freeway-to-freeway interchange at Reid and Tonkin highways; interchanges at Hepburn Avenue, Gnangara Road and The Promenade at Ellenbrook; as well as the flyovers at Beechboro Road North and Marshall Road.
"Construction is well underway on Stage 1 of the NorthLink WA project with Tonkin Highway Grade Separations scheduled for completion by early 2018 - Stage 2 of the NorthLink WA project will begin construction early this year and is scheduled for completion in 2019."
The Australian Government is contributing $894 million and the Western Australian Government $223 million towards the NorthLink WA project.