Perth highway delivered nine months ahead of schedule

15 Mar 13

Leighton Contractors is very proud to announce the early completion of the Great Eastern Highway project by the City East Alliance team in Perth.

The $350 million project widening of Perth’s major transport route to its domestic and international airports has opened to traffic well ahead of the target date of December 2013.

Last week’s opening of Great Eastern Highway’s four to six lane upgrade eases congestion on the highway.

Adding two lanes to a 4.2 kilometre stretch of the highway increases its carrying capacity by some 70 percent, from 50,000 to 85,000 vehicles a day.

Western Infrastructure General Manager Peter Handel said opening the Great Eastern Highway well ahead of schedule with an exceptional safety record was a tremendous achievement.

“Under the leadership of Project Director Stephen Nicolay the City East Alliance team have delivered a major improvement to Perth’s infrastructure,” Mr Handel said.

The upgrade to the highway brings significant benefits to the city’s residents and visitors.

Commuters using the highway will experience less congestion, access to on-road cycle lanes, easier access to Perth Airport and improved safety for drivers and pedestrians.

Buses will also travel more efficiently through the utilisation of new priority lanes at the signalised intersections.

Using an alliance contract methodology with Main Roads WA, the project began in 2010 and met a number of key challenges around its location and impacts during construction.

Over the next month the City East Alliance team will carry out the final stages of the project.

The City East Alliance project followed on from the successful Southern Gateway Alliance, which delivered the New Perth Bunbury Highway and the Mandurah Entrance Road.