Australia-based BMD Constructions has won a design and build contract for the transformation of the Mitchell Freeway.

The A$49.4m ($35.78m) contract will help widen Mitchell Freeway between Cedric Street and Vincent Street.

As part of the contract, a 7km-long additional lane will be constructed in the southbound direction to improve congestion through the area.

The project is part of A$2.3bn ($1.67bn) investment in road and rail infrastructure by the Government of Australia. It will help to reduce congestion and bottlenecks for southbound traffic.

Up to 180,000 vehicles travel on the freeway daily. It serves as a critical corridor linking Perth’s northern suburbs to commercial, residential and recreational facilities in the wider metropolitan area.

“The project forms part of the Main Roads agency’s overall plan to transform Perth’s freeways to accommodate population and economic growth into the future.”

BMD Constructions said in a statement: “Since our Western Australia division opened over three years ago, BMD Constructions has successfully delivered 11 infrastructure upgrades for main roads in communities across Western Australia.

“The award of this vital freeway upgrade builds on BMD’s infrastructure capacity in the west. BMD will work closely with Main Roads and partners to ensure best-for-project outcomes for local businesses, residents and commuters.” Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.

Funded by the Western Australian and Australian governments, the project forms part of the Main Roads agency’s overall plan to transform Perth’s freeways to accommodate population and economic growth into the future.

Once completed, it will help improve traffic flow and journey times for road users, particularly during the morning commute, and enhance safety by decreasing stop / start conditions from lane merging.

Furthermore, the project will create four continuous freeway lanes from Erindale Road to Vincent Street.

Construction work on the freeway is set to commence this year, with completion expected by the end of next year.