The State Government will spend $57.7million to ensure that Lloyd Street in Midland has the capacity to deal with increased traffic once the Midland Health Campus opens.
Planning Minister John Day said funding for the Lloyd Street underpass was a response to the ongoing revitalisation of Midland and its increasing role as a key strategic regional centre for Perth.
“With increasing interest in the historic Workshops precinct and construction soon to commence on the first new hospital for the region in 50 years, this area is beginning to experience an increase in traffic volumes,” Mr Day said.
“The project is a collaboration between the Federal Government, the State Government and the City of Swan.
“Along with the State Government’s allocation, the Federal Government has contributed $10million and the City of Swan has provided $3million in funding for this important and necessary upgrade.
Transport Minister Troy Buswell said Main Roads had already commenced discussions with key project stakeholders to ensure a successful and co-ordinated delivery of the project.
“The Liberal-National Government recognises the importance of ensuring Lloyd Street is capable of carrying the expected increase in traffic and maintaining access for all road users once the Midland Health Campus opens,” Mr Buswell said.
“Works on Stage One of the project will involve the extension of Lloyd Street in Midland, from Great Eastern Highway to Clayton Street including the grade separation of the railway line, which will be completed prior to the opening of the Midland Health Campus, scheduled for September 2015.”
Construction works are expected to commence in 2014.
The scheduling of stages two and three will be dependent on future funding decisions.