Infrastructure Australia, the nation's independent infrastructure advisor, has positively assessed the business case for the Armadale Road Upgrade, adding it to the Infrastructure Priority List as a Priority Project.
Upgrading Armadale Road, which is a strategic freight route connecting Armadale and the south-eastern metropolitan area with Fremantle Port, will deliver major benefits for the state by freeing up the east-west link to WA's largest container trade and cargo port.
The project will upgrade seven kilometres of Armadale Road between Anstey Road and Tapper Road from the existing two-lane single carriageway road to a four-lane dual carriageway. It also includes intersection upgrades and improved pedestrian and cycling access.
“Adding the Armadale Road Upgrade to the Infrastructure Priority List demonstrates this is a sound investment that will relieve a major bottleneck for commuters and the state's export industry,” said Infrastructure Australia Chief Executive, Philip Davies.
“In the years ahead, both the WA and broader national freight supply networks will be under immense strain not just from growing trade demand, but from our own domestic population increases and a rapidly changing technological environment.
“The economic cost of this congestion is significant. The Australian Infrastructure Audit  found that without action to increase capacity and better manage demand, the cost of delays on the road transport network in Perth alone would grow from $2 billion in 2011 to $16 billion in 2031.
“This project goes a good way to ensuring that congestion on this critical freight connection is not a drag on the state economy, especially as WA embarks on its economic transition.
The business case evaluation summary for Armadale Road Upgrade, and the updated Infrastructure Priority List are now available at www.infrastructureaustralia.gov.au.