Proposals open for construction of a $93M interchange project in WA

Design and construction proposals are now open for submission on the $93 million Leach Highway and Welshpool Road Interchange in Western Australia.

This upgrade is one of 24 public transport projects being fast tracked to support the WA economy and local jobs during the COVID-19 recovery.

Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the project would improve critical connections to one of Perth’s major industrial areas and bust congestion across the freight network.

“Safety is also a huge factor in this area, in just five years from 2014, 224 crashes have been reported and we need to bring these numbers down,” Mr. Tudge said.

Western Australian Minister for Transport and Planning Rita Saffioti said the Leach Highway and Welshpool Road intersection was ranked as the second worst intersection across Western Australia for crash frequency and cost.

“Up to 50,000 vehicles travel through this intersection daily, making it one of Perth’s most congested and dangerous,” Ms. Saffioti said.

Federal Member for Swan Steve Irons said the project would improve safety and efficiency for commuters, heavy vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians.

“A new road bridge will carry Leach Highway over Welshpool Road and an additional road bridge on Leach Highway over the Armadale railway line, Railway Parade and Sevenoaks Street,” Mr. Irons said.

“There will also be a shared path for cyclists and pedestrians along Leach Highway from Sevenoaks Street to Orrong Road, including over the Armadale railway line.”

The project will be jointly funded by the Federal and Western Australian Governments, each committing $46.5 million.

Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2020.

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