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Expressions of interest called for $1b WA project

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The extension of Tonkin Highway to South Western Highway is another step closer with an Expression of Interest just released for contractors to tender for the project.

The $1 billion investment will see Tonkin Highway extended 14km south to South Western Highway, as well as upgrades to Thomas Road.

The Federal and Western Australian governments have committed $768 million and $315 million respectively, with the project expected to support more than 2000 direct and indirect jobs during the construction phase.

The surrounding roads will be connected to Tonkin Highway with grade separated interchanges at Thomas Road and Bishop Road, and roundabouts at Orton Road, Mundijong Road, and South Western Highway. Underpasses will be provided at Abernethy Road and Shanley Road, and a bridge over Wright Road.

Thomas Road will be duplicated from Kargotich Road to Wungong South Road to address traffic congestion, improve road safety, and cater for the growing population east, north, and south of Byford.

Cyclists and pedestrians will benefit from a Principal Shared Path on the eastern side of Tonkin Highway, and horse riders will be able to safely cross the new highway via equine underpasses at Gossage Road, Abernethy Road and Shanley Road.

“The Australian Government is pleased to be partnering with the Western Australian Government to enhance Perth’s south-west corridor with the delivery of the Tonkin Highway Extension and upgrades to Thomas Road, which will reduce traffic pressure and improve connectivity,” said Federal Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, Catherine King.

WA Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said: “This long-awaited southern extension of Tonkin Highway represents the largest investment this corridor has ever seen, and has been planned for several years, to ensure the project delivers maximum benefits for road users and the broader community.

“Extending Tonkin Highway will improve efficiency of truck movements and ensure heavy vehicles are diverted away from growing residential areas like Byford. This will enhance safety and improve the amenity of local communities.

“The project will complement the nearby METRONET Byford Rail Extension, METRONET Thomas Road Over Rail, and Thomas Road Safety Improvements between Kwinana Freeway and South Western Highway, to provide communities in our south with greater access to our transport network.”

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