The McGowan Labor Government is investing $9 billion in major road projects and upgrades throughout Western Australia over the next four years, with $3.4 billion allocated for metropolitan road projects as part of the 2022-23 State Budget.
More than $6.5 billion has been delivered since 2017-18 for major road projects and upgrades throughout the State, supporting thousands of local jobs. This includes $2.8 billion for road and shared path projects in the Perth and Peel region.
The Budget also includes funding allocated by the Commonwealth and State Governments for a number of new projects, including:
- $80 million for the Nicholson Road and Garden Street Grade Separation;
- $290 million for Thomas Road – South Western Highway to Tonkin Highway Dual Carriageway;
- $100 million for Tonkin Highway Corridor Upgrades – North Ellenbrook Interchange (including private sector contribution); and
- $35 million for the East Perth Footbridge.
As well as investing in new road projects, the Government continues to deliver projects currently underway in Perth and Peel, including:
- Tonkin Highway upgrade projects, including the Tonkin Gap project;
- Mitchell Freeway Extension (Hester Avenue to Romeo Road);
- Mitchell Freeway widening southbound from Hodges Drive to Hepburn Avenue;
- Transforming (SMART) Freeways – Mitchell Freeway corridor;
- Stephenson Avenue extension;
- Queen Victoria Street – Swan River Crossings (Fremantle Road and Rail Bridge); and
- Leach Highway and Welshpool Road Grade Separated Interchange.
As part of the McGowan Government’s continued commitment to road safety, funding has been allocated for the following programs in the Perth and Peel regions:
- $16.2 million for the Safer Roads and Bridges Program; and
- $98 million for the Resealing Program.
A notable component of the 2022-23 State Budget is the $73 million Principal Shared Path program, which will see even more upgrades and extensions to Perth’s path network, improving connectivity and amenity for cyclists and pedestrians.
For more information, visit https://www.ourstatebudget.wa.gov.au
As stated by Premier and Treasurer Mark McGowan:
“My Government continues to create a pipeline of works across the State, supporting Western Australian jobs and local businesses, and setting up Western Australia’s road network for the long term.
“The $9 billion funding package includes $3.4 billion dedicated for road projects in the Perth metropolitan area, which will create thousands of local jobs and make it easier and safer for our communities.
“Our strong Budget management means we are able to heavily reinvest in important infrastructure around the State, with road improvements a key focus.”
As stated by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
“We are delivering road infrastructure where our community needs it, with a number of major projects underway that will provide opportunities for local businesses and create local jobs.
“Our ongoing commitment to investing in our major metropolitan freight and commute routes, including the Mitchell Freeway and Tonkin Highway, will continue to support safe and efficient trips around Perth.
“The decision to bring our road maintenance staff back in-house will see the incident response service managed by Main Roads on our Perth metro road network.
“This is another example of our commitment to bring outsourced services back into public hands and provide training and permanent job opportunities for metro and regional workers alike.”