McGowan Government delivering $11.7 billion for WA roads

  • 2021-22 State Budget includes $11.7 billion for road projects and road upgrades over the next four years
  • $3 billion for road projects throughout WA in 2021-22
  • Record funding for cycling and pedestrian infrastructure, with more than $265 million committed over the next four years
  • Major projects on track to open later this year include High Street upgrades, Roe Highway and Kalamunda Road interchange, and North Lake Road and Armadale Road Bridge
  • Funding for Tonkin Gap project, Bunbury Outer Ring Road, Albany Ring Road, Great Northern Highway, Indian Ocean Drive and Swan River Crossings Project 
  • The McGowan Labor Government is delivering $11.7 billion for major road projects, upgrades and maintenance throughout Western Australia over the next four years as part of the 2021-22 State Budget – supporting thousands of local jobs.

    Major projects funded and under construction in the 2021-22 State Budget include:

    • Tonkin Gap works, supporting 1,050 jobs, as part of the $1.39 billion Tonkin Corridor Upgrades;
    • $320 million for the Great Eastern Highway Bypass Interchanges, with works to commence later this year;
    • $232 million for the Mitchell Freeway Extension (Hester Avenue to Romeo Road);
    • $76 million for the Mitchell Freeway widening southbound from Hodges Drive to Hepburn Avenue;
    • $140 million for transforming freeways through the Mitchell Freeway corridor;
    • $138.6 million for the Stephenson Avenue extension;
    • $259 million for the Armadale Road Bridge – North Lake Road Flyover;
    • $852 million for the Bunbury Outer Ring Road;
    • $175 million for the Albany Ring Road;
    • $98 million for upgrades to Great Northern Highway at Ord River in the Kimberley;
    • $36 million for Port Hedland Airport deviation; and
    • $52 million for Coolgardie Esperance Highway at Emu Rocks.  

    Funding has also been allocated to projects under procurement or in planning, including:

    • $49.8 million for the Causeway Cyclist and Pedestrian Bridge over the Swan River as part of the Perth City Deal;
    • $230 million for the Swan River Crossings Project, to replace the outdated Fremantle Traffic Bridge;
    • $225 million to prepare for the construction of grade separated interchanges on Reid Highway at Altone Road, Daviot Road and Drumpellier Drive;
    • $110 million to prepare for the duplication of the Mandurah Estuary Bridge;
    • $27.5 million for construction of Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Deviation;
    • $120 million to upgrade and seal 100 kilometres of Marble Bar Road;
    • $380 million to construct and seal Manuwarra Red Dog Highway Stage 4;
    • $250 million for upgrades to Great Eastern Highway at Coates Gully, between Walgoolan to Southern Cross, and between Ghooli to Benari;
    • $55 million to upgrade Indian Ocean Drive between Jurien Bay and Brand Highway. 

    As part of the McGowan Government’s continued commitment to road safety, funding has been allocated for the following programs over 2021-22 and forward estimates:

    • $16 million for the Safer Roads and Bridges Program in Perth and Peel;
    • $104 million for the Resealing Program in Perth and Peel. 

    A record $265 million has been allocated over the next four years to upgrade cycling and pedestrian infrastructure throughout WA including:

    • $105.6 million to deliver active transport infrastructure for major projects, including the replacement of the Fremantle Traffic Bridge and the Tonkin Highway extension;
    • $64 million for the Principal Shared Path Expansion Program including the completion of the Fremantle Principal Shared Path and Kwinana Freeway Pedestrian and Cyclist Path;
    • $16.7 million to deliver priority projects including Railway Avenue in Kelmscott, expand the Hillarys Cycle Network, the Koondoola-Wanneroo Bike Plan, Gnangara Shared Path, Rosedale Road Shared Path, the expansion of the Geraldton Cycling Network, and the Soldiers Road Principal Shared Path in Byford. 

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    As stated by Premier Mark McGowan:

    “By returning the Budget to a sustainable footing, my Government is able to invest in a major package of roads and cycling projects to improve the way we travel about the State.

    “We have a number of major projects under construction, including the Mitchell Freeway Extension and widening, as well as a number of projects in planning, creating a pipeline of work for industry over the next four years.

    “More than 20,800 additional local jobs have been created since the start of the pandemic, despite the economic devastation around the world, and the State Budget’s pipeline of infrastructure works will ensure continued quality local jobs for Western Australians.”

    As stated by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

    “Over the next four years, we have a program of works that will see our road network change from the northern suburbs down to the Peel region.

    “Work is already underway on the Mitchell Freeway Extension to Alkimos, which will provide a new transport option for northern suburbs residents, while planning work is commencing on the Mandurah Estuary Bridge upgrade – a key McGowan Government election commitment.

    “Planning work is well underway on the new Causeway Pedestrian Bridge, which will transform connections to the Perth CBD and is a key part of the Perth City Deal.

    “We have a record amount of spending underway to expand our cycling network with $265 million allocated over the next four years, with key projects including the Fremantle Principal Shared Path and Kwinana Freeway Pedestrian and Cyclist Path.”

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