CONSTRUCTION is now under way on the third and final section of the $1.02 billion NorthLink WA, which will provide a free-flowing dual carriageway between Ellenbrook and Muchea, with new interchanges at Stock Road, Neaves Road and Brand Highway.
Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher said the NorthLink WA Northern Section is the final piece in the $1 billion project to improve safety and ease congestion on local roads, while shifting 80 per cent of heavy vehicles from Great Northern Highway onto the new route.
WA Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said the project would contribute to the region's economy by delivering stronger, more efficient road connections between industrial areas.
"NorthLink WA will contribute to potential future employment opportunities by connecting to current and future industrial areas. Importantly, the new road will take heavy traffic away from roads in the Swan Valley, which will boost safety and potential as a tourist destination," Ms Saffioti said.
Federal Member for Pearce Christian Porter said together with the Southern and Central sections, NorthLink WA Northern Section delivers a four to six lane national highway that will support both current and predicted traffic.
"Travelling from Kewdale to Muchea, NorthLink WA will potentially avoid up to 16 sets of traffic lights, two railway crossings, and 21 speed limit changes, while separate cycling and pedestrian paths will provide safer and better connections between local communities," Mr Porter said.
Western Australian Member for Swan Hills Jessica Shaw said the project would be a vital part of Perth's freight network and provide a new transport link from Perth Airport to Muchea.
"NorthLink is going to deliver huge benefits for the Ellenbrook and Bullsbrook communities. This project is going to ease local congestion, make it easier for my constituents to access jobs, as well as paving the way for the North Ellenbrook Industrial Area," Ms Shaw said.
Road safety will also be improved by using a combination of median strips, and around 150 kilometres of road safety barriers to separate vehicles from oncoming traffic, as well as eliminating four of the state's most dangerous intersections.
The Northern Section of NorthLink WA is being delivered by CPB Contractors Pty Ltd and is due for completion by mid-2019. Construction is already under way on Stage 1 (Guildford Road to Reid Highway) and Stage 2 (Reid Highway to Ellenbrook), which are due for completion in early 2018 and mid 2019 respectively.