Funding Delayed for Reid Hwy Malaga Drive Intersection
What they promised
'$75 million to build 2 bridges to carry Reid Hwy traffic over Malaga Drive to be completed in 2014-15.'- Ministerial Media Statement, 2 December 2012
What they say now
Work will not commence until 2015-16 and is only partially funded in 2016-17- 2013-14 State Budget
03 Sep 2013 - The Barnett Government has broken its promise to build two new bridges at the Reid Hwy, Malaga Drive intersection by 2015. Construction was due to commence in 2013-14 and be completed in 2014-15. It will not be built until 2018.
The 2013-14 State Budget has revealed that the funding for the new bridges at the Reid Hwy, Malaga Drive intersection which was due to be completed in 2015, will not be provided until later resulting in the bridge not being built until 2018.
When announcing the funding in December Transport Minister Troy Buswell said that it would mark the end of the “big three”. - Bullsbrook Ellenbrook Advocate 12 December 2012 p 4
The RAC has identified the intersection as being one of the State’s worst, with 238 crashes between 2007 and 2011.
The decision has angered residents and business people. - Eastern Suburbs Reporter p 1
Update 5 March 2014: Information provided to the Estimates and Financial Operations Committee as part of the 2013-14 Mid-Year review process has revealed that the overpass has been delayed by a further year and will not be built until 2019.
Update 27 July 2015: The Transport Minister has told Parliament that the work will now be completed in early 2016. While the date has been brought forward, it is still later than the originally promised completion date of 2014-15.