WORK has officially started on the $145 million upgrade of Armadale Road in Perth, with Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher, WA Premier Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti last week turning the first sod on the project.
The project will upgrade the 6.9-kilometre section of Armadale Road from Tapper Road to Anstey Road to a dual carriageway in each direction. This section is the last section of the single carriageway between Kwinana Freeway and Armadale.
Mr McGowan said the upgrade to Armadale Road would help to ease congestion in the southern suburbs, improve safety and create jobs for Western Australians.
"The creation of a dual carriageway and the removal of dangerous bottlenecks will lead to more predictable journey times for road users," the Premier said.
Armadale Road is a strategic freight route connecting the South West and the South East corridor and one of the main east-west links within the Perth metropolitan transport network. Current traffic counts show that 27,000 vehicles use Armadale Road between Tapper Road and Warton Road, while 18,000 vehicles per day use Warton Road to Anstey Road.
Mr Fletcher said the project would transform the route from a single carriageway road suited to a semi-rural environment to a dual carriageway urban road able to service the ongoing commercial and residential development of the area.
The scope of the project has also been broadened to include a grade separated interchange with Armadale Road passing over Nicholson Road. The new interchange will allow east-west traffic on Armadale Road to flow freely and eradicate the queuing and stop-start traffic conditions currently experienced on the approach to the intersection.
Other features of the project include new shared pedestrian and cycling facilities along the length of the project area and intersection upgrades at Wright Road, Ghostgum Avenue, Liddelow Road and Rossiter Avenue.
The project is expected to be completed in late 2019, weather permitting, and is being constructed by the Metropolitan Road Improvement Alliance.