The state government of Western Australia has awarded a contract to the Mitchell Extension Joint Venture (MEJV) to deliver the A$215m ($162m) Mitchell Freeway extension in Western Australia (WA).
MEJV is a consortium of BMD Construction and a building and civil construction company Georgiou Group.
The freeway extension begins from Hester Avenue in Clarkson to Romeo Road in Alkimos and is expected to improve safety and reduce the travelling time from the Narrows Bridge to Alkimos.
Additionally, it will reduce the congestion on the freeway and local road networks within the outer northern suburbs of Yanchep, Butler, Alkimos, Eglinton and Nowergup.
The government said that the work on the project will be fast-tracked to boost the economy post-Covid-19.
The scope of the project will include the construction of a new interchange at Lukin Drive, including duplicating the road between Mitchell Freeway and Connolly Drive.
It will also include the creation of a new road connection from Marmion Avenue to Wanneroo Road, with the extension and construction of a dual carriageway on Romeo Road in Alkimos.
The Wanneroo Road will be upgraded into a dual carriageway from Romeo Road to Trian Road.
Upon completion, the Mitchell Freeway project will see an extension of 5.6km.
The government said that the major construction works at the project is expected to commence early next year, with completion planned for late 2022.
The freeway extension is expected to create approximately 1,200 direct and indirect jobs during the construction phase.
It is being jointly funded by the Australian and State Governments, with each providing A$107.5m ($81.3m) of financing.
Australia Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said: “This is a congesting-busting project that will take pressure off local roads by providing a better route from home to work and the shops.
“The Morrison Government is investing millions of dollars into major transport infrastructure projects across WA and that means more jobs for hard-working West Australians.”
The freeway extension is from Hester Avenue in Clarkson to Romeo Road in Alkimos in WA. (Credit: Free-Photos from Pixabay.)