​​​​Kwinana Freeway Northbound Widening

  • Widening the freeway from Russell Road to Roe Highway
  • Construction commenced in 2018 and is expected to open in stages from early 2020
  • Reduce travel times and ease congestion

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Overview

This project forms part of our overall plan to transform Mitchell and Kwinana freeways to support population growth and economic development. It involves widening Kwinana Freeway, providing an additional lane between Russell Road and Berrigan Drive and two additional lanes from Berrigan Drive to Farrington Road.

Other works include:

  • Construction of noise walls where required along the western side of Kwinana Freeway
  • Upgrade and realignment of the existing Principal Shared Path (PSP)
  • Modifications to drainage, kerbing, surfacing, lighting, road safety barriers, service relocations, signage and line marking

Related works in the area:

  • Construction of Collector Distributor (CD) roads associated with the Armadale Road to North Lake Road Bridge project. CD roads are lower speed roads parallel to the freeway to provide merging opportunities.
  • Construction of a fourth lane along Kwinana Freeway from the CD road on-ramp to the freight rail line.

Project Update

Construction is underway across the entire eight km length of the project site.

Current activities include:

  • Deployment of traffic barriers to enable the widening of the freeway, and separate road users from construction activities.
  • Upgrading 8km of the Principal Shared Path (PSP) including realignments to eliminate tight bends, widenings and resurfacing.
  • Construction of noise walls on the northbound side of the Kwinana Freeway, between Russell Road and Roe Highway.
  • Construction of a retaining wall between Berrigan Drive and Bolderwood Reserve, which will retain the PSP for cyclists and pedestrians. The wall is being constructed using ECO blocks; environmentally friendly bricks comprising recycled construction waste.
  • Utilising crushed recycled concrete and demolition waste as road base, in line with the guidelines jointly developed with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.

See the latest Project Update for more information.

From Wednesday 14 August 2019, temporary access changes and closures were implemented to facilitate the realignment of the Beeliar Drive on ramp to Kwinana Freeway. These changes will be in place for approximately two months. 

Traffic management is being used to allow the freeway to stay open for the duration of the construction works. Changes include:

  • Reduced lane widths
  • Reduced speed to 80 km/h
  • Variable speed signs for further night time speed reductions and lane closures: and
  • The temporary closure of the emergency lane and replacement of the emergency stopping bays.

PSP detour update

The sixth phase of cyclist and pedestrian detours will begin in early September with changes at the northern and southern ends of the works. Please see our latest update for more information.

Upgrade and closure of PSP access points

The existing Principal Shared Path between Russell Road and Farrington Road is being realigned to provide space for the additional northbound freeway lanes. Twelve access points are being upgraded as part of works. Eight existing access points cannot be upgraded to meet the new standard and will permanently close.

Read our latest project update to find out more about the recent Kwinana Freeway beam lifts, the status of construction and some of the sustainability initiatives that form part of this important project.

Cyclist and pedestrian detours

A series of detours are in place to ensure the safety of cyclists, pedestrians, road users and our workforce. See the detour maps for more information.

Roadworks

Kwinana Freeway northbound entry from Berrigan Drive

  • ​​Closed on Thursday 17 October from 8pm to 4:30am 
  • Detour in place
Kwinana Freeway northbound from Beeliar Drive to Berrigan Drive
  • ​Lane closure and speed reduced to 60 km/h on Thursday 17 October from 8pm to 4:30am
  • Roadworks update

Timeline

  • May 2018: Contract awarded
  • Mid to late 2018: Construction commenced
  • Early-2020:Phased openings of completed sections
  • Principal Shared Path to open in stages from September 2019

 

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Benefits

​Funding

The State and Commonwealth Governments have committed $49 million, as part of a $2.3 billion package of road and rail infrastructure works.

Last Updated: 15 October 2019