BY KATE BROWN
THE State Government has brought forward the $58 million widening of Kwinana Freeway to begin construction within two months.
Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the project was brought forward by a year to help ease congestion as soon as possible.
“This section of Kwinana Freeway becomes heavily congested during peak hour traffic periods and widening it from two to three lanes in both directions will help alleviate the situation as well as improve safety and travel times,” Mr Buswell said.
He said 107,000 vehicles per day travelled on this part of the freeway, with this expected to rise to 113,000 in 2016 and to 131,000 in 2031.
“These are dramatic increases on an already congested area of the freeway.”
However, relief is not in sight just yet for motorists as Main Roads senior roads designer Stephen Curgenven said delays should be expected during construction.
“Speed restrictions will be in place during the construction period, so traffic will be slowed through the entire construction site,” Mr Curgenven said.
“These speed restrictions are not only for the safety of the public but also for the safety of the workers on the site.”
Mr Curgenven said that all efforts would be made to keep the current number of lanes open in each direction during peak hour.
“This may require lanes to be ‘coned-off’ and slight detours made to utilise the emergency lanes for traffic.
“There may be night construction required during the contract period, depending on what particular stage of work is occurring and whether the contract is running on schedule.
“Night work is not a preferred option, though, due to the possibility of noise, vibration, bright lighting and dust disturbing the local residents adjacent to the construction zone.”
The existing freeway and ramps will also be resurfaced as part of the project.
A special consultation group including local residents will be formed to engage key stakeholders and raise public awareness of the project.