Construction has started on the upgrade to the final section of the dual carriageway on Reid Highway in Perth’s north-eastern suburbs.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti was at the sod turning ceremony on Monday to mark the commencement of the four-kilometre dual-carriageway road between Altone Road and West Swan Road.
The $77.5 million project is expected to be completed by mid-2020.
The funding for the project - which will help reduce congestion in Perth’s north-east - was made available after the McGowan Government redirected funds from the Perth Freight Link.
The project will also include a new bridge over Reid Highway to link the southern and northern sections of Arthur Street, thanks to a $7.5 million contribution from the City of Swan.
A new shared path for pedestrians and cyclists will be built alongside the Reid Highway duplication, enabling connectivity with other new cycle paths at New Lord Street and NorthLink WA to open up cycling access to Ellenbrook and the Swan Valley.
Perth-based company Decmil was awarded the contract for the Reid Highway upgrade in February.
It is the first major road project delivered under the Western Australian Industry Participation Strategy, which is estimated to create 400 jobs for Western Australians.
Ms Saffioti said the project would transform the road network in the north-eastern suburbs.
"With NorthLink and New Lord Street approaching completion, we are slashing travel times for residents and commuters, paving the way for continued growth and investment in these suburbs,” Minister Saffioti said.
"We look forward to seeing this project progress, delivering an efficient east-west route across Perth's north-eastern suburbs for local residents, commuters and the freight industry.”