The H2H alliance will undertake the transformation of the Mitchell Freeway Southbound as the State Government has named them the preferred proponent on the project.
H2H crews will widen key bottlenecks on the freeway and upgrade the Principal Shared Path. A third southbound lane will also be constructed from Hodges Drive to Hepburn Avenue. This is currently the only southbound section of the freeway with two lanes.
Concrete barriers will be installed adjacent to the rail reserve from Hodges Drive to Reid Highway and on the verge from Hodges Drive to Hepburn Avenue. Emergency stopping bays and a breakdown lane will also be constructed.
Smart technologies such as ramp signals will be installed from Hester Avenue to Warwick Road.
The H2H alliance comprises WBHO Infrastructure Australia and NRW Contracting, both Australian based companies.
Federal Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, said the Mitchell Freeway upgrades were part of the Morrison Government’s multi-billion investment in infrastructure.
“Upgrading the Mitchell and Kwinana freeways is a high-priority initiative included on Infrastructure Australia’s Infrastructure Priority List, involving introducing smart freeway technology and critical upgrades across Perth’s freeway corridor,” Fletcher said.
“This project will contribute to maintaining an efficient and reliable freeway network for the movement of people and freight, which supports the economic prosperity of Western Australia.”
Western Australian Minister for Transport and Planning, the Hon Rita Saffioti MLA, said with the introduction of smart freeways technology, the widening of key bottlenecks on Mitchell Freeway southbound will result in travel time savings averaging up to seven minutes from Hodges Drive to Vincent Street.
“This will benefit the 28,000 vehicles using this section of the freeway during the morning peak periods,” Saffioti said.
“Combined with travel time savings of up to seven minutes already experienced on the recently completed Cedric to Vincent Street upgrade, northern suburbs residents can expect to save up to 14 minutes on their morning commutes to the CBD.”
Construction is expected to begin in the next few months and the project will support around 1000 jobs.
The Federal and Western Australian Governments are jointly funding the $76 million project.