Contractors have been shortlisted for the $47 million Kwinana Freeway Smart Freeways project in Western Australia.

Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure, Paul 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.

“The Turnbull Government is delivering almost $7 billion worth of infrastructure projects in Western Australia and this project is another example of how that funding is boosting the state’s economy.”

Western Australian 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.

“Investment in a number of priority projects around the state highlights the McGowan Government’s commitment to boosting the economy and creating jobs for West Australians.”

Federal Member for Swan, Steve Irons, said the important freeway project formed part of the $2.3 billion WA Infrastructure Package which is expected to support 6,000 jobs.

“The project from Canning Highway to the Narrows Bridge will allow us to create additional freeway capacity along this critical corridor and will be complemented with ramp signals at Farrington Road, South Street, Leach Highway and Cranford Avenue. These will balance the flow of traffic onto the freeway and ease stop-start conditions,” Mr Irons said.

The shortlisted contractors have been invited to submit proposals by March 2018, with construction expected to start in late 2018:

  • Intelligent Transport Alliance (CPB Contractors, Lendlease Services, Jacobs Group (Australia) and SICE
  • Perth Smart Alliance (Georgiou Group and WSP)
  • SmartWays Alliance (BMD Constructions, Venti and Arup Group)

Perth’s first Smart Freeway is expected to be operating by early 2020.

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