The Australian and Western Australian Governments have shortlisted the potential contractors to deliver the $47 million Kwinana Freeway Smart Freeways project.
The shortlisted contractors – Intelligent Transport Alliance (CPB Contractors Pty Ltd, Lendlease Services Pty Ltd, Jacobs Group (Australia) Pty Ltd and SICE Pty Ltd), Perth Smart Alliance (Georgiou Group Pty Ltd and WSP), and SmartWays Alliance (BMD Constructions Pty Ltd, Ventia Pty Ltd and Arup Group) – have been invited to submit proposals by March 2018, with construction expected to start in late-2018.
Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher said the Smart Freeway project will use technology to create an additional lane by converting the emergency lane from Canning Highway to the Narrows Bridge into a full-time traffic lane.
According to the statement, the additional freeway capacity will be complemented with ramp signals at Farrington Road, South Street, Leach Highway and Cranford Avenue.
“The high-tech components of this project are expected to deliver journey time savings of up to 10 minutes for freeway road users travelling from Roe Highway to the city,” Mr. Fletcher said.
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Western Australian Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said the technology in use has proven successful around the world for managing congestion, improving safety and getting the most out of existing infrastructure.
“This is a state first, with the upgrade the first use of Smart Freeways technology in Perth,” Ms. Saffioti said.
The Smart Freeway project forms part of the $2.3 billion WA Infrastructure Package, and is expected to be operating by early 2020.