Kwinana Freeway Northbound Widening - Russell Road to Roe Highway

​​​​​​Significant growth in traffic volumes over recent years has resulted in congestion and flow breakdown on Kwinana Freeway northbound, south of Roe Highway.

The State and Commonwealth Governments have committed $49 million to widen Kwinana Freeway northbound from Russell Road to Roe Highway, as part of a $2.3 billion package of road and rail infrastructure works, funded by the Australian ($1.6 billion) and State ($750 million) Governments, and announced by Premier Mark McGowan on 7 May 2017.

Upon completion, the project will reduce travel times and address congestion for road users in Perth’s southern suburbs.

This project forms part of our overall plan to transform Mitchell and Kwinana freeways to support population growth and economic development.

Latest news

Principal Shared Path detours

From 24 September to December 2018, detours will be in place on the shared path between Dowell Place and Farrington Road. This is the first stage of a phased detour that will enable a new path to be constructed. For more information, please see our latest Construction Update and Frequently Asked Questions.


Our latest newsletter provides an overview of the project scope and some of the construction activities the community and road users are likely to see over the coming months. It also summarises the transformative program of other road and rail projects soon to be underway in Perth's southern suburbs.

Contract awarded for design and construction

Work will soon be underway with the contract now awarded.

BMD Constructions Pty Ltd will deliver the works from Russell Road to Bolderwood Reserve in South Lake following a competitive tender process. The remaining one kilometre of works through to Farrington Road is underway and being delivered by the Murdoch Drive Connection project with the overall Kwinana Freeway Northbound Widening project scheduled for completion by late 2019.

View the media statement on the announcement.

Scope of works

The project involves widening Kwinana Freeway to provide a third lane for the nine kilometres from Russell Road to Farrington Road. Other works include:

  • Construction of noise walls along the western side of Kwinana Freeway, where required according to noise modelling
  • 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

  • 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.



Image: Kwinana Freeway northbound map from our fact sheet


Key benefits

  • Reduce congestion and improve safety for freeway road users, particularly in morning peak periods
  • Provide for an extra 1,800 vehicles per hour on Kwinana Freeway
  • Complement the Armadale Road to North Lake Road Bridge and the Smart Freeways - Kwinana Northbound project to enable traffic to move more effectively through this critical part of the metropolitan road network.


​Key dates

Note the following dates are subject to change

1. Procurement for a final design and construction contract

  • Advertise for Expressions of Interest from industry - July 2017
  • Issue Request for Proposals to shortlisted applicants - September 2017
  • Contract Award - May 2018

2. Construction

  • Commence construction - mid/late 2018
  • Project completion - late 2019
Last Updated: 16 October 2018