The Western Australian Government has called for expressions of interest to construct a road under the Davis Road rail crossing, as part of the state’s $69 million METRONET project.
Works will be delivered through two design and construction contracts – one for the rail and bridge portion of the works and another for the road and civic infrastructure components.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the notoriously dangerous rail crossing would be replaced by a road underpass, with the rail raised and the road lowered.
“The release of the EOI is another key step for this critical METRONET project in the heart of Kelmscott,” Ms. Saffioti said.
“Each package of works has a different risk profile for the contractor, so the decision was made to split them into two design and construct contracts.”
Contractors will be required to demonstrate how they will minimise road and rail disruptions during construction, to ensure the community can keep moving through the Kelmscott area.
“This will improve the safety of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, maintain an important east-west connection between Albany Highway and Railway Avenue and enable public space improvements in the area,” Ms. Saffioti said.
“The demolition of five state government-owned houses on Railway and Third Avenues by the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority are necessary for the project’s construction.”
Ms. Saffioti said procurement and demolition works had begun on the Denny Avenue level crossing removal to facilitate activation of the precinct around Kelmscott Station.
“The removal of the Denny Avenue level crossing will greatly improve the daily lives of drivers, pedestrians and cyclists, improving safety and decreasing road congestion in the area,” Ms. Saffioti said.
“With construction set to start later this year, this project marks the first part of METRONET’s level crossing removal program and commitment to improving safety for our communities.”