WA Labor says if successful at the March State Election it will build a new interchange at the Kalamunda Rd and Roe Hwy intersection.
Opposition Leader Mark McGowan said the $86 million project would create about 300 new jobs for Western Australians.
He said the congestion busting project would start in 2018-19 as part of WA Labor’s alternative to the flawed Perth Freight Link.
“The Liberals’ Perth Freight Link project is a dud, without a business case after eight years of government and a potential $4 billion blow out, based on original costings by the government,’’ he said.
“The Roe Hwy and Kalamunda Rd interchange was submitted as part of a project to the Federal Government for assessment in 2014 and received a positive rating.
“Residents and regular commuters in the eastern suburbs will benefit from WA Labor’s decision to not proceed with Perth Freight Link and redirect funding to real congestion busting projects that create thousands of jobs for Western Australia.
“The project has been put forward as a priority by the Shire of Kalamunda and the RAC.
“The works will ensure traffic flows smoothly and uninterrupted at the busy and dangerous intersection, which is currently a major congestion hot spot.’’
Mr McGowan said the interchange would provide residents living in the eastern suburbs with direct access to the new Forrestfield Station, due to open in 2020.
“The $86 million Main Roads costing of the project is expected to come in lower when the project goes to tender, due to falling construction costs in Western Australia.
WA Labor’s candidate for Forrestfield Stephen Price said the overpass was an important part of WA Labor’s congestion-busting plan, which also included the construction of Metronet, which would connect residents from Forrestfield, High Wycombe, Maida Vale and Wattle Grove to the airport and the Perth CBD.
WA Labor’s candidate for Kalamunda Matthew Hughes said the announcement was great news for the Kalamunda community, who had been telling him they had had enough of congestion at the intersection.
On Monday Mr Price said WA Labor would fix a blackspot at Woolworths Dr and Hale Rd intersection.
Mr Price said the Shire of Kalamunda had investigated options to fix the intersection and found the only viable option was the installation of traffic lights.
He said if elected Labor would commit $300,000 towards the project and would work with the shire and the owners of Woolworths Dr to fix the trouble spot.