The work is for the northern stretch between Ellenbrook and Muchea of the overall AU$1.02bn (£596m) scheme. CPB had been awarded its AU$175m contract in late January; a joint venture between Laing O’Rourke and BGC Contracting landed the AU$417m central section earlier that month (links open in new tabs).
Federal minister for urban infrastructure Paul Fletcher said the project would support more than 7,000 direct and indirect jobs. “NorthLink WA Northern Section is the final piece in this vital $1 billion project to improve safety and ease congestion on local roads, while shifting 80 per cent of heavy vehicles from Great Northern Highway onto the new route,” he said.
Federal member for Pearce Christian Porter said that, together with the southern and central sections, NorthLink WA Northern Section delivers a four-six lane national highway that will support both current and predicted traffic.
“Travelling from Kewdale to Muchea, NorthLink WA will potentially avoid up to 16 sets of traffic lights, two railway crossings, and 21 speed limit changes, while separate cycling and pedestrian paths will provide safer and better connections between local communities,” he said.
The work by CPB Contractors is due for completion by mid-2019.