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Ground broken on $1.12 billion NorthLink WA

Construction on the first section of NorthLink WA has begun and the preferred proponent for the second stage of the project has been announced.

Construction on the first section of NorthLink WA has begun and the preferred proponent for the second stage of the project has been announced.Construction on the first section of the $1.12 billion NorthLink WA – Western Australia’s non-stop transport route between Morley and Muchea – has begun.

As part of the project Tonkin Highway will become a six-lane freeway between Guildford Road and Reid Highway. The works include new interchanges at Collier Road and Morley Drive, and a flyover at Benara Road.

Other flyovers will be built at Beechboro Road North and Marshall Road, with interchanges at Hepburn Avenue, Gnangara Road and The Promenade at Ellenbrook.

John Holland is undertaking the first section, which involves the construction of the Collier Road and Morley Drive interchanges and the Benara Road flyover.

“Tonkin Highway provides a vital link for traffic movements to commercial and industrial areas across Perth,” said Western Australian Transport Minister Dean Nalder in a statement.

“Travelling on the freight route from Kewdale to Muchea, NorthLink will potentially avoid up to 16 sets of traffic lights, one railway crossing and 21 speed limit changes,” he added.

The State Government has also announced that a joint venture between BGC Contracting and Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction – Great Northern Connect – is the preferred proponent for the next section between Reid Highway and Ellenbrook.

Construction is expected to start on this stage in early 2017.

The Minister also announced a joint venture between BGC Contracting Pty Ltd and Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction Pty Ltd – Great Northern Connect – as the preferred proponent for the next section between Reid Highway and Ellenbrook.

Great Northern Connect will oversee the design and construction of nearly 20km of highway, four interchanges including 14 road bridges and three footbridges.

Construction on this section of the project is expected to start in early 2017.

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