The Federal Government has committed $108 million to extend Perth’s Mitchell Freeway with the Western Australian Government including $15M in its 2018-19 budget to widen a section of the freeway.
According to a statement from the WA Government, both state and federal governments have agreed to extend the Mitchell Freeway from Hester Avenue to Romeo Road.
The statement also announced that the 2018-19 WA State Budget will include $15 million to build an additional lane on the northbound section of the Mitchell Freeway between Hutton and Cedric streets.
The widening project aims to alleviate congestion where traffic can bank up back onto the freeway, which can create safety hazards and significant time delays.
WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the project should significantly improve traffic flow and reduce congestion for those commuting to our northern suburbs during the afternoon peak, which records about 25,000 vehicles each day.
“The Mitchell Freeway carries some of the highest traffic demands in Perth. Providing extra freeway capacity will result in a smoother and more reliable journey for residents of Perth’s northern suburbs,” she said.
It is expected to be completed in 2020.