The construction of a new bridge over the Kwinana Freeway, at one of Perth’s most congested areas is now underway.
The $237 million Armadale Road to North Lake Road Bridge, jointly funded by the federal and Western Australian governments, is being delivered by the Armadale Access Alliance.
The alliance comprises of Laing O’Rourke and BG&E in partnership with Main Roads WA.
The project will involve a bridge constructed to connect the recently upgraded Armadale Road with North Lake Road and is expected to be complete in 2021.
Around 55,000 vehicles use the existing Armadale Road to Beeliar Drive Bridge daily. The new North Lake Road bridge will aim to relieve pressure on traffic while improving access to the freeway and train station carpark.
In addition, the project includes an upgrade to Armadale Road from Tapper Road to Kwinana Freeway, with a new bridge passing over the Tapper intersection, and under the intersection of Solomon Road via a trench structure.
Local roads will also be reconfigured with two new roundabouts to maintain connectivity.
For users of public transport, the project will aim to improve access to and from Cockburn Central Train Station by alleviating heavy congestion around the station car park during peak times.
Western Australian Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said the Armadale Road to North Lake Road Bridge project complemented nearby road projects.
“The Armadale Road to North Lake Road Bridge project will tackle long wait times at one of the State’s busiest intersections, rated the fifth most congested intersection in 2016,” Ms. Saffioti said.
“The Armadale Road-North Lake Road Bridge will work hand in hand with our other southern suburb road projects, and will provide better access to Cockburn Station when it becomes a junction for the METRONET Thornlie-Cockburn Link.”