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Work has commenced on the $283.2m (A$386.5m) Great Eastern Highway Bypass Interchanges project in Australia.

Intended to reduce off peak hour journey times by 10 minutes, the project will be delivered by Greater Connect Alliance in partnership with Main Roads.

The alliance includes AECOM, Laing O’Rourke, and Arcadis.

The project will see the construction of two grade separated interchanges along Great Eastern Highway at Abernethy Road and Roe Highway.

It will also include Lloyd Street extension from its current end point to south of Clayton Street to Great Eastern Highway Bypass, including construction of a new bridge over the Helena River.

The scope of work also includes upgrades to the Great Eastern Highway Bypass. This will include the removal of the existing intersection at Stirling Crescent.

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Furthermore, the project will see the completion of the missing link in the 30km Principal Shared Path between Midland and Jandakot; upgrades to Abernethy Road; and upgrade of Roe Highway between Talbot Road and Clayton Street.

The Greater Connect Alliance will also remove traffic lights at key congestion hot spots.

Backed by funding from the Commonwealth Government and the Western Australian Government, the project is expected to provide better connectivity while helping to support commercial developments in Midland.

It will also improve links to the Forrestfield, Hazelmere, Kewdale and Perth Airport industrial areas.

The alliance commenced initial construction work with focus on the Bypass around the Abernethy Road intersection, and the project is planned for completion in 2024.

Australian Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts Paul Fletcher said: “The Morrison Government is contributing $247 million to this important project through the Urban Congestion Fund, under which we are delivering 182 packages of work nationwide.”

Western Australian Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said: “The Great Eastern Highway Bypass Interchanges Project will be a game-changer for road users in Perth’s east.

“The project brings together five long-awaited road upgrades, which will reduce congestion, improve safety and enhance access into Midland, while providing better connectivity to the Hazelmere, Forrestfield, Kewdale and Perth Airport industrial areas.”

View along the Great Eastern Highway Bypass. Credit: User:JarrahTree/