$1.1 Billion Boost for Transport Infrastructure

$1.1 Billion Boost for Transport Infrastructure

A number of roads in Canning will be upgraded as part of the Federal Government's $1.1 billion investment in transport infrastructure as part of our COVID-19 economic recovery. 

Upgrades will be made to the Albany Highway between Williams and Kelmscott and the Hotham River Bridge, as well as the Kwinana Freeway and Mandjoogoordap Drive in Mandurah.

29 kilometres of pavement will be rehabilitated on the Albany Highway, upgrading sections of road that have been subject to regular pavement failures. The Hotham River Bridge will be replaced with a new concrete structure, built to current width and barrier standards.

This staged program will also replace existing flexible and semi-flexible safety barriers with rigid concrete barriers. This includes the design, supply and installation of approximately 65km of continuously formed concrete barriers, including along the Kwinana Freeway, and Mandjoogoordap Drive.

The latest funding injection builds on a series of statewide infrastructure investments from the Commonwealth in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic which now total nearly $1.3 billion.

“This investment will mean safer roads for regional Western Australia,” Member for Canning Andrew Hastie said. “It’s also an important part of the Commonwealth Government’s response in mapping out WA’’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Tuesday’s Federal Budget would deliver funding for infrastructure which supports the Government’s JobMaker plan and help Western Australia recover from COVID-19.

“We have been working closely with state and territory governments to invest in the infrastructure that is ready to go and can help rebuild our economy and create more jobs,” the Prime Minister said.

"These projects will keep commuters safe on the road, get people home to their loved ones sooner and provide better transport links for urban and regional communities.”

“As part of the COVID-19 economic recovery plan we have invested an additional $1.3 billion focused on shovel-ready projects across the state.

“This latest investment will provide another boost to the local economy and is part of our plan to support an estimated 6,800 direct and indirect jobs across the state.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Government is focused on delivering priorities and boosting local jobs as part of Australia’s road to recovery.

“We will draw on local businesses to stimulate local economies through these projects,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“Infrastructure means jobs, it means livelihoods, it means stronger local communities and it means building a better and more secure future for our nation.”