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First section of Gateway WA project complete

First section of WA Gateway project is complete, giving truck drivers direct route from the Kewdale and Forrestfield industrial area

November 14, 2013

The first section of the $1 billion WA Gateway project in Western Australia is complete, giving truck drivers a direct route from the Kewdale and Forrestfield industrial area.

Federal Infrastructure Minister Warren Truss says the $15.4 million on-ramp on the Abernethy Road and Tonkin Highway interchange has opened to traffic and will provide a critical link for Perth’s freight industry.

The Gateway WA project involves upgrading roads around Perth Airport, including constructing several major interchanges on the Tonkin and Leach highways.

“The ramp reduces travel time by about seven minutes, and saves 3.7km over existing routes. It is great news for the 22,000 vehicles travelling this section of Abernethy Road,” Truss says.

“This new ramp, expected to be used by 6,000 vehicles a day, delivers a direct, efficient access route from the Kewdale and Forrestfield industrial area to the national road network.”

Federal MP for Swan Steve Irons says the on-ramp will alleviate traffic congestion along the Tonkin Highway by separating airport and freight traffic.

“The project will allow traffic travelling on Abernethy Road direct access to the southbound lanes on the Tonkin Highway,” he says.

The Federal Government has committed $686.4 million to the Gateway WA project, with Western Australia chipping in the remaining $317.5 million.

The Australian Government committed over $686.4 million to the Gateway WA project, with the WA Government providing the remaining $317.5 million.

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