WEST Australian Transport Minister Bill Marmion last week awarded the third and final contract for the $1.12 billion NorthLink WA project to CPB Contractors, who will be responsible for the design and construction of the northern section of highway from Ellenbrook to Muchea.
"NorthLink WA is a vitally important project, generating about 1,000 jobs and demonstrating the Liberal National Government's commitment to transport infrastructure and West Australians," Mr Marmion said.
"The final section involves construction of a free-flowing dual carriageway between Ellenbrook and Muchea, with new interchanges at Stock Road, Neaves Road and Brand Highway.
"Traffic congestion will be vastly improved as drivers will be able to bypass up to 16 sets of traffic lights and two railway crossings.
"Safety issues will be addressed at four of the State's most dangerous intersections, with more than 150 kilometres of road safety barriers to protect vehicle occupants and separate oncoming traffic.
"This project will not only create safer communities by reducing traffic on local roads, it will connect those communities through the inclusion of separate pedestrian and cycle paths."
Once completed, NorthLink WA 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.
"Construction is already well underway on Stage 1, Stage 2 is commencing and Stage 3 will begin by mid-2017, so we are certainly on target for project completion in 2019," the Minister said.
NorthLink WA is being funded by investments of more than $894 million from the Commonwealth Government and more than $223 million from the State Government.