THE New Lord St project where work has started will provide some opportunity for local businesses and workers.
Main Roads WA said there were 19 people on site now but once construction activity ramped up in the New Year the workforce could grow to about 90 people.
A spokeswoman said a number of blue collar construction roles would be advertised later in the year.
“Local people will have the opportunity to apply for these positions,’’ she said.
“In regards to local suppliers, the project has already engaged Natural Areas Management – a business located behind the site office in Whiteman Park, to undertake a fauna inspection and trapping program and provide additional environmental consultancy services.
“As the construction phase progresses, the project will also provide a number of opportunities for other local suppliers, including plant hire, small businesses for day-to-day supplies, quarries near Gnangara Rd; and businesses based in the light industrial areas south of Reid Hwy (Morley, Bassendean, Guildford).
“Once indirect employment generation, such as additional demand for suppliers’ goods and services is taken into account, the project could ultimately account for around 240 jobs.’’
The New Lord St will be a dual carriageway between Reid Hwy and Gnangara Rd.
The project includes the installation of roundabouts at the intersections of Park St and Youle-Dean Rd and a shared path to improve access to Whiteman Park as well as a new bus station and priority bus lanes.
On Thursday, October 26 Transport Minister and West Swan MLA Rita Saffioti took Premier Mark McGowan and Swan Hills MLA, Jessica Shaw on a site visit to meet the New Lord St project team.
Preparatory works including the relocation of utility services, preparation of the foundations and the building of a temporary access road to Whiteman Park have started.
Heavy construction is set to start early next year with the new road due to be completed by late October.
Ms Saffioti said once completed the New Lord St would relieve congestion for West Swan residents and more than double the capacity of the existing Lord St, which is used by an estimated 14,000 vehicles a day.
Ms Shaw said residents often complained to her about their frustration with Lord St and said it was ridiculous that it could take 25 minutes to travel 2km.
“I can’t wait to see this project completed and am particularly excited that it paves the way for the Morley-Ellenbrook rail line,’’ she said.
Mr McGowan said the New Lord St project, together with NorthLink WA and the future Reid Hwy upgrade between Altone Rd and West Swan Rd, would significantly increase road capacity and cut journey times for residents.
“These projects will complement the Metronet Ellenbrook rail line which will connect some of Perth’s fastest growing suburbs to our rail network,’’ he said.
Also on Thursday, October 26 the state government said it had put out a tender seeking planning and engineering services for the Morley-Ellenbrook Metronet project, due to start construction in 2019.
Ms Saffioti said the successful proponent would work collaboratively with the Metronet team to form a business case for the rail line.
“To ensure the rail line represents the best outcome for local communities, the work undertaken will include route option analysis, preliminary land use investigations, planning and concept designs, including any grade separations, stations and surrounding precincts,’’ she said.
“Further tenders for other elements of Metronet will be released during the next 12 months.
“We’re determined to bring even more Metronet projects closer to fruition in the coming months.’’
By Anita McInnes