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The Western Australian Government has released a suite of investments under its 2020-21 State Budget which includes an overall $27 billion investment in infrastructure over the next four years.
The State Budget includes $2.39 billion for road infrastructure and maintenance, $1.43 billion to capital works and $960 million for asset management (maintenance, road safety and minor works), network operations and grants to local governments for works on local roads.
Major projects to be progressed as part of the State Budget include:
The Western Australian Government has undertaken planning for its current pipeline of infrastructure projects to cut red tape and to get funding flowing and approvals in place as quickly as possible.
Work continues to fast track eleven major road projects across WA, as part of its Building for Tomorrow program, which will create up to 13,000 local jobs, including:
Funding has also been allocated for the following road improvement programs:
The State Budget includes a record $5.7 billion investment for METRONET projects.
The Budget secures the Government’s commitment to deliver projects such as the Morley-Ellenbrook Line, the Byford Rail Extension and new Midland Station.
Included in this State Budget for 2020-21 is:
METRONET public transport projects will also be supported by investment in a large number of road projects, and additional projects funded through the Public Transport Authority’s 2020-21 budget, including:
Final negotiations for the major construction contract for the Morley-Ellenbrook Line are underway and expected to be completed soon. This is the final construction contract associated with the METRONET project.
Other major METRONET projects are in the procurement phase, with works to commence shortly, including the anticipated Byford Rail Extension, New Midland Station and the removal of three level crossings along the Inner Armadale Line.
The Western Australian Government has allocated $100 million to roll out smart freeway technology along the Mitchell Freeway.
The project is jointly funded by the State and Commonwealth Governments and will see coordinated ramp signals installed along 16 ramps from Hester Avenue to Vincent Street.
The technology is expected to alleviate pressure on the road network, and improve safety and connectivity for people living and working in the northern suburbs.
It will also lead to more reliable journey times and provide congestion relief for the more than 180,000 motorists per day that use Mitchell Freeway southbound, enabling the freeway to operate efficiently without stop-start conditions at merge points.
The technology has already had great success along the Kwinana Freeway northbound, between Roe Highway and the Narrows Bridge, with motorists saving up to ten minutes during peak hour.
The expressions of interest for industry to deliver the project will open before the end of the year, with construction on the project to commence in late 2021.
More than 700 direct and indirect jobs are expected to be created over the life of the project.
Western Australian Premier, Mark McGowan, said, “Despite COVID-19 causing the biggest global economic shock in nearly 100 years, our economic and financial position is better than first expected due to our world-leading response and border controls.
“Our responsible budget management and the strength of WA’s economy prior to the pandemic, provided WA with the capacity and flexibility to immediately respond to the impacts of COVID-19 across the state.
“This means we’ve been able to continue to invest in WA roads, building the infrastructure of tomorrow through strategic and well-planned projects.
“To keep our local economy strong, the Budget delivers a record $27 billion in infrastructure investment over the next four years, including construction and manufacturing work for METRONET and major roads across WA.
“The delivery of projects through our Building for Tomorrow program is providing short-term and long-term economic benefits to the State as it recovers from COVID-19 while building lasting infrastructure for generations.
“This includes opportunities for local employment, traineeships and apprenticeships plus contract opportunities for WA businesses in the planning, construction, and the operation of these projects.”
Western Australian Transport Minister, Rita Saffioti, said, “We’re spending more than $260 million a month on major transport infrastructure projects across the state, including $100 million in regional Western Australia.
“The McGowan Government is building WA’s economy back-up, through investing more money and fast-tracking major transport infrastructure across the state.
“We have successfully fast-tracked eleven major road projects that have helped create a pipeline of work for local workers and businesses, helping our economy through the COVID-19 pandemic.
“As well as reducing the time Western Australians spend stuck in traffic, we are creating thousands of local jobs and working hard to increase the level of Aboriginal participation and opportunities for Aboriginal businesses on our projects.
“The investment of $100 million to expand our Smart Freeway technology to the Mitchell Freeway recognises the success of the Smart Freeway (Kwinana Northbound), which has cut up to ten minutes off driver travel times, a significant and welcome achievement.
“Improved road safety, network reliability and reduced travel times achieved through our congestion busting projects is a win for every Western Australian.”
This article first appeared on infrastructuremagazine.com.au
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