Roads budget creating local jobs and busting congestion across WA

15 October 2020

The McGowan Government continues to build on its massive transport infrastructure agenda with the 2020-21 State Budget delivering a total $2.39 billion for road infrastructure and maintenance.

The 2020-21 State Budget allocates $1.43 billion to capital works and $960 million for asset management (maintenance, road safety and minor works), network operations and grants to local government for works on local roads.

This is part of an $11.8 billion spend on transport infrastructure projects and works across Western Australia over the next four years.

Major projects to be progressed as part of the State Budget include:

As part of the WA Recovery Plan, more than $100 million has been invested towards major job-creating road projects to support local jobs and local businesses.

Projects include:

The McGowan Government has undertaken planning for its current pipeline of infrastructure projects to cut red tape and to get funding flowing and approvals in place as quickly as possible.

Work continues to fast track 11 major road projects across WA, as part of its Building for Tomorrow program, which will create up to 13,000 local jobs, including:

As part of the Government's continued commitment to road safety, funding has also been allocated for the following road improvement programs:

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

"Despite COVID-19 causing the biggest global economic shock in nearly 100 years, our economic and financial position is better than first expected due to our world-leading response and border controls.

"Our responsible budget management and the strength of WA's economy prior to the pandemic, provided WA with the capacity and flexibility to immediately respond to the impacts of COVID-19 across the State.

"This means we've been able to continue to invest in WA roads, building the infrastructure of tomorrow through strategic and well-planned projects.

"To keep our local economy strong, the Budget delivers a record $27 billion in infrastructure investment over the next four years, including construction and manufacturing work for METRONET and major roads across WA.

"The delivery of projects through our Building for Tomorrow program is providing short-term and long-term economic benefits to the State as it recovers from COVID-19 while building lasting infrastructure for generations.

"This includes opportunities for local employment, traineeships and apprenticeships plus contract opportunities for WA businesses in the planning, construction, and the operation of these projects."

Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

"We're spending more than $260 million a month on major transport infrastructure projects across the State, including $100 million in regional Western Australia.

"The McGowan Government is building WA's economy back-up, through investing more money and fast-tracking major transport infrastructure across the State.

"We have successfully fast-tracked eleven major road projects that have helped create a pipeline of work for local workers and businesses, helping our economy through the COVID-19 pandemic.

"As well as reducing the time Western Australians spend stuck in traffic, we are creating thousands of local jobs and working hard to increase the level of Aboriginal participation and opportunities for Aboriginal businesses on our projects.

"The investment of $100 million to expand our Smart Freeway technology to the Mitchell Freeway recognises the success of the Smart Freeway (Kwinana Northbound), which has cut up to 10 minutes off driver travel times, a significant and welcome achievement.

"Improved road safety, network reliability and reduced travel times achieved through our congestion busting projects is a win for every Western Australian." 

 

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Source:  Western Australian Government - www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au

Date of Original:  08 October 2020

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