Potential contractors have been shortlisted for the $40 million widening of Perth’s Mitchell Freeway.

Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure, Paul Fletcher, said the project formed part of the Federal Government’s $1.6 billion investment in the WA Infrastructure Package to support 17 new projects and provide a major boost to the state’s economy, with around 6,000 jobs expected to be supported.

“The Turnbull Government is committed to boosting the economy and creating jobs for West Australians through investment in priority projects such as this,” Mr Fletcher said.

“The Turnbull Government is getting on with the job of delivering almost $7 billion worth of infrastructure projects in Western Australia.”

The shortlisted tenderers, BMD Constructions, CPB Contractors, and WBHO Infrastructure Australia, have been invited to submit proposals by February 2018, with construction expected to start between mid-2018 and completion by the end of 2019.

Western Australian Minister for Transport, Rita Saffioti, said the Mitchell Freeway carries some of the highest traffic demands in Perth — up to 180,000 vehicles per day — making these works vital to keeping the traffic flowing between Perth’s northern suburbs and commercial, residential and recreational facilities in the wider metropolitan area.

“The project works will include an additional lane for seven kilometres, reducing the need for merging bottlenecks and improving congestion and safety along this stretch of freeway,” Ms Saffioti said.

“Further state funding will be allocated on top of the roadworks component to complete the missing link on the Pedestrian Shared Path from Glendalough Station to Hutton Street to improve infrastructure for both cyclists and pedestrians.”

The Australian Government has committed $32 million and the WA Government $8 million to fund the upgrade.

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