FEDERAL Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher last week said Western Australian motorists will soon have a more efficient Kwinana Freeway, with potential contractors shortlisted for the $47 million Kwinana Freeway Smart Freeways project.
Mr Fletcher said the Smart Freeway project will use technology to create an additional lane by converting the emergency lane from Canning Highway to the Narrows Bridge into a full-time traffic lane.
"The high-tech components of this project are expected to deliver journey time savings of up to 10 minutes for freeway road users travelling from Roe Highway to the city," Mr Fletcher said.
WA Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said the technology in use has proven successful around the world for managing congestion, improving safety and getting the most out of existing infrastructure.
"This is a state first, with the upgrade the first use of Smart Freeways technology in Perth," Ms Saffioti said.
The shortlisted contractors are Intelligent Transport Alliance (CPB Contractors Pty Ltd, Lendlease Services Pty Ltd, Jacobs Group (Australia) Pty Ltd and SICE Pty Ltd), Perth Smart Alliance (Georgiou Group Pty Ltd and WSP), and SmartWays Alliance (BMD Constructions Pty Ltd, Ventia Pty Ltd and Arup Group).
The shortlisted groups have now been invited to submit proposals by March 2018, with construction expected to start in late-2018. Perth's first Smart Freeway is expected to be operating by early 2020.