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Australia : New ramp at Abernethy Road now open.

The first section of the $1billion Gateway WA project - the Abernethy Road and Tonkin Highway interchange - is now complete with the new $15.4million on-ramp now open for traffic.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, said the ramp would provide a critical link for Perth s freight industry.

This new ramp, expected to be used by 6,000 vehicles a day, delivers a direct, efficient access route from the Kewdale and Forrestfield industrial area to the national road network, Mr Truss said.

The ramp reduces travel time by about seven minutes, and saves 3.7 kilometres over existing routes. It is great news for the 22,000 vehicles travelling this section of Abernethy Road.

Western Australian Minister for Transport, Troy Buswell, said the on-ramp was part of the Gateway WA project, which involved upgrades to roads around Perth Airport.

As well as improving freight access, Gateway WA will see the construction and improvement of several major interchanges on the Tonkin and Leach highways, so it will be a great asset as Perth s population increases, Mr Buswell said.

The Australian Government committed over $686.4million to the Gateway WA project, with the Western Australian Government providing the remaining $317.5million.

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