WA announces contract for Smart Freeway

The Western Australian Government has announced SmartWays Alliance as the winning bidder for the construction of Perth’s first Smart Freeway.

The alliance comprises of BMD Constructions Pty Limited, Ventia Pty Limited and Arup Pty Ltd, and will start construction of the freeway in the coming months.

The Smart Freeway infrastructure will deliver enhanced lane-use management, variable speed limits and coordinated ramp signals to deliver safer and more efficient roads.

The project is part of the Federal and State Government's $2.3 billion 'boosting jobs, busting congestion' package of WA road and rail projects announced in May 2017.

Federal Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said freeway congestion in Perth was increasingly hindering traffic movement across WA.

"Like the name says, this is smart technology, and it will bust congestion across Perth's southern suburbs," Mr Tudge said.

WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said this project would create an additional lane from Canning Highway to the Narrows Bridge and make use of smart technology to safely implement an 'all lane running' environment.

"It will deliver journey time savings of up to 10 minutes for freeway road users travelling northbound from Roe Highway to the city," Ms Saffioti said.

"In a constrained location where the railway and Swan River prevent traditional widening works, Smart Freeways offer a great solution to help alleviate and manage congestion, while also improving safety for road users.

"This initiative has been highly successful in other cities in Australia and overseas, with Main Roads WA drawing on expertise from across the country and the UK to inform a Smart Freeways solution suitable for Perth."

Planning for the $47 million project is underway, with construction and installation expected to be completed in 2019. The project is being jointly delivered by the Australian ($37.6 million) and State ($9.4 million) governments. The new Smart Freeway is earmarked for operation by early 2020.

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