Road upgrades for growing Byford area under re-elected McGowan Government

Posted on January 21, 2021
  • $18 million for Orton, Kargotich and Soldiers roads under re-elected McGowan Government
  • Byford is one of WA’s fastest growing suburbs, with upgrades needed to support population boom
  • Projects to improve safety, reduce congestion, cut travel times and create 100 local jobs
  • Upgrades will build on McGowan Government’s $5.1 billion roads spent over its first term

Three key roads in the Byford area will be upgraded under a re-elected McGowan Labor Government, with an $18 million commitment to improve the fast-growing suburb’s road network, cut travel times and create 100 direct local jobs.

Byford and the wider Serpentine Jarrahdale area is one of the fastest growing parts of the State. With its profile rapidly growing from semi-rural to suburban, improvements to the road network are critical to make journeys safer and ease congestion for the community.

Important local thoroughfares Kargotich, Soldiers and Orton roads will be widened and rehabilitated as part of the upgrade program.

The improvements include $9.3 million to enhance a 14.3km section of Kargotich Road, $4.6 million to improve a 6.9km section of Soldiers Road and $4.1 million to upgrade a 6.3km stretch of Orton Road.

Each project will significantly improve road quality, with funding for double seal surfacing, drainage, street lighting and allowances for future bridge widening.

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale is one of the fastest growing communities in the country, with the population set to double in the next 15 years from around 33,000 now to almost 70,000 in 2036.

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale will receive the funding from a re-elected McGowan Government to carry out the projects.

These improvements will build on the State Government’s $5.1 billion spending on road upgrades over the last four years.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

“These major upgrades will deliver much improved roads for the growing community of Byford, reducing congestion and cutting travel times.

“Byford and the wider Serpentine Jarrahdale area are some of WA’s fastest growing communities so we must improve its road network to keep pace with its ongoing shift from semi-rural to suburban.

“Importantly, the projects will create local jobs in a range of industries, continuing my government’s record investment in roads over our first term, improving safety and making the outer suburbs more liveable for our growing population.”

Comments attributed to WA Labor Candidate for Darling Range Hugh Jones:

“We all know Byford and the wider Serpentine Jarrahdale area is growing rapidly and our current road network just isn’t quite up to scratch to support the increasing population.

“Our community relies heavily on these thoroughfares and these improvements will make everyone’s commute that much easier and safer.

“I am focused on ensuring our community continues to see support in line with our growth under a re-elected McGowan Government and look forward to advocating strongly to ensure our infrastructure and community services continue to keep pace.”

What the McGowan Labor Government’s Transport and Road Program is already delivering in Darling Range:

  •  METRONET Byford Rail Extension with Thomas Road Bridge level crossing removal;
  • Tonkin Highway Corridor upgrades, including the 14km Tonkin Highway Extension from Thomas Road to South Western Highway;
  • Denny Avenue Level Crossing Removal Project in Kelmscott;
  • Thomas Road from Kwinana Freeway to Nicholson Road upgrades
  • Thomas and Anketell Roads Freight Upgrade – Stages 1 and 2 planning;
  • Construction of a recreation precinct at Keirnan Park in Mundijong;
  • Principal Shared Path along Soldiers Road between Byford and Mundijong;
  • Thomas Road and Kargotich Road intersection upgrade
  • Thomas Road Safety Improvement
  • Kelmscott, Cannington and Gosnells station upgrades to ensure they comply with the Disability Discrimination Act;