Georgiou starts construction on Karel Avenue upgrade

Construction is expected to begin on the $215 million Mitchell Freeway extension to Romeo Road by late 2020 following the Western Australian Government’s $107.5 million commitment.The $28 million upgrade to Karel Avenue in Perth’s southern suburbs has begun.

The Karel Avenue bridge over Roe Highway will be widened to create a dual carriageway connecting at roundabouts for on an off ramps.

Georgiou Group were awarded the construction and design contract in June 2019.

The widening and lengthening of the bridge over freight railway lines, located immediately south of Roe Highway will help to facilitate the future METRONET Thornlie-Cockburn link.

Funding from the City of Cockburn and Jandakot Airport Holdings will allow for the project to widen Karel Avenue from Farrington Road to Berrigan Drive.

Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the upgrade would vastly improve access to Roe Highway and Kwinana Freeway for people living in Leeming and Bull Creek.

“This is going to get rid of a frustrating and potentially dangerous bottleneck south of Farrington Road, where two lanes currently merge into one,” Mr. Tudge said.

The project is expected to support more than 8000 jobs and 300 businesses in the Jandakot Industrial Area when fully developed.

This project was one of 18 agreed to in the $2.3 billion federal and state ‘boosting jobs and busing congestion’ funding agreement announced in May 2017.

Western Australian Minister for Transport and Planning Rita Saffioti said the Karel Avenue Upgrade was one of seven new road projects to be constructed in Perth’s south aimed at enhancing transport efficiency and safety by busting congestion on the road network.

“The combined projects will deliver increased capacity to remove congestion at known pinch points such as Karel Avenue and Cockburn Central, improving access to commercial hubs and medical facilities,” Ms. Saffioti said.

A travel time saving os 70 per cent is estimated for morning and afternoon peaks is forecast for the completed project.

Completion is expected for late 2020.

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