Construction for the $386.5 million Great Eastern Highway Bypass Interchanges project in Western Australia has begun.

When complete, the project is expected to slash 10 minutes off peak hour journey times.

The project includes:

  • Construction of two grade-separated interchanges along Great Eastern Highway at Abernethy Road and Roe Highway
  • An extension of Lloyd Street from its current end point to south of Clayton Street to Great Eastern Highway Bypass, including a new bridge over the Helena River
  • Upgrades to the Great Eastern Highway Bypass, including the removal of the existing intersection at Stirling Crescent
  • Upgrade of Roe Highway between Talbot Road and Clayton Street, including a bridge duplication over Helena River, to three lanes
  • Upgrades to Abernethy Road
  • Completing the missing link in the 30km Principal Shared Path between Midland and Jandakot
  • Removal of traffic lights at key congestion hot spots including the intersections of Great Eastern Highway and Roe Highway, as well as Abernethy Road and Great Eastern Highway

The upgrades will provide better connectivity, helping to support commercial developments in Midland, while improving links to the Hazelmere, Forrestfield, Kewdale and Perth Airport industrial areas.

The Greater Connect Alliance, comprising Laing O’Rourke, AECOM and Arcadis, in partnership with Main Roads, will deliver the project.

Initial construction activity is focussed on the bypass around the intersection of Abernethy Road, including constructing a temporary alignment of the bypass to keep traffic moving while the first of the new interchanges is under construction. 

Construction of the other key parts of the project will begin progressively from 2022 onwards with overall completion scheduled for 2024.

The project is funded by the Commonwealth Government and the Western Australian Government with contributions also made by the City of Swan and the City of Kalamunda.

Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, Paul Fletcher, said the project was part of 182 packages that the Federal Government was funding through the Urban Congestion Fund.

“The total number of Urban Congestion Fund projects that are now complete or underway nationwide is 76. A further 12 are expected to start construction this year,” Mr Fletcher said.

“By the end of 2022, more than 80 per cent of all packages are expected to be completed or under construction.”

Federal Member for Hasluck, Ken Wyatt, said, “The Great Eastern Highway Bypass Interchanges project will provide major benefits to road users in Perth’s eastern suburbs.

“The Lloyd Street Bridge is a long-awaited connection into the south of Midland that will improve access to St John of God Hospital, the Curtin University campus and the developing entertainment precinct.

“Together with the new interchange at Abernethy Road and improvements to Roe Highway, the upgrade will deliver free-flowing movement at the eastern end of the Bypass, reducing journey times, improving safety and enhancing freight efficiency.”

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