Premier Mark McGowan says Tonkin Gap will fix WA’s biggest road bottleneck
Weeks away from signing the deal
Premier Mark McGowan says his government is weeks away from signing a contract for the construction of the Tonkin Gap.
“This is a massive road and rail project that will be part of the Ellenbrook rail line and also solve the biggest road bottleneck in WA,” Mc McGowan said.
More than 120,000 cars and trucks use the section of Tonkin Highway between Morley and Redcliffe each weekday, causing a headache for drivers.
Federal Member for Swan Steve Irons said it was a well-known problem.
“Anyone who travels this route every day knows how congested it gets and the sooner it is completed the better it will be for all those travellers.”
The works, which are expected to create 3000 jobs, will mean the widening of Tonkin Highway to three lanes between Perth Airport and Ellenbrook, as well as the construction of new bridges over the Swan River (Redcliffe Bridge) and Guildford Road and interchanges at Guildford Road and Great Eastern Highway.
The median strips between Bayswater and Malaga will also be prepared to facilitate the Morley-Ellenbrook line.
Tonkin Gap Alliance has been selected as preferred proponent to build the Tonkin Gap project and associated works for the METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook Line, marking another step forward for Western Australia’s infrastructure works program.
Mr McGowan said the project was part of a pipeline of major road projects – worth an estimated $2.37 billion which would create more than 13,000 jobs.
“In times like these it’s important we continue to progress the projects that will provide work for local businesses and keep workers in their jobs – this will ultimately support the state’s wider economy.”