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Contractors sought for major Perth works

The first construction contract for the $1 billion Pacific Motorway upgrade has been awarded to Seymour Whyte Constructions.

Request for Proposals are open for a major package of work including two grade separated interchanges in eastern Perth.

The package includes works at intersections on the Great Eastern Highway Bypass and Roe Highway and the Great Eastern Highway Bypass and Abernethy Road.

It will also include new cycling connections, duplication of Abernethy Road between Grogan Road and the future intersection of Adelaide Street, extension of Lloyd Street from Clayton Street to Lakes Road with a new bridge over the Helena River and finally an intersection upgrade at Abernethy Road and Kalamunda Road.

Federal Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Minister Alan Tudge said the project would bust congestion and improve safety risks for traffic across the Hazelmere and Forrestfield industrial and freight distribution centres.

“Safety is a significant factor. In the past five years, there have been 302 crashes reported in the area and we need to bring these numbers down,” Tudge said.

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“We are investing in critical infrastructure in WA to lay the foundations for economic recovery on the other side of COVID-19 and this project forms part of that.”

Western Australian Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said procurement for the upgrades had been streamlined to boost Western Australia’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We have been able to bring forward procurement 18 months earlier than originally scheduled, to support Western Australia’s economic recovery from the pandemic,” she said.

“Western Australia’s response to managing the pandemic has been nation-leading and we are now working to ensure our economic recovery is just as strong. As part of this, Main Roads is working to bring forward a record number of road projects across Western Australia to stimulate our economy over coming months and years.”

She said local drivers are familiar with the peak hour queues in the area and the works are hoped to improve traffic flow.

Construction on the project is expected to start in 2021, subject to environmental and statutory approvals. It is expected to create 1200 jobs.

The Great Eastern Highway Bypass Interchanges project is jointly-funded by the Federal ($144 million) and Western Australian ($36 million) governments. Further funding will be contributed from local governments towards the Lloyd Street extension and duplication of Abernethy Road, subject to final negotiations.

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