The Transport Minister Troy Buswell and his federal counterpart Anthony Albanese have marked the beginning of works on the billion-dollar Gateway WA project.
The development includes major upgrades of the roads surrounding Perth Airport and the industrial areas of Kewdale and Forrestfield.
The project is jointly funded by the state and federal governments and due to be completed in 2017.
Work has already begun on the new on-ramp which will give trucks travelling from the Kewdale/Forrestfield industrial estate along Abernethy Road access to the Tonkin Highway for the first time.
Mr Buswell said the Abernethy Road project is the first step towards easing congestion around Perth Airport and surrounding industrial areas.
"Worth more than $15 million, this project alone will cut 3.7 kilometres off the route, which help reduce travel times and freight costs," said Mr Buswell.
"The project will remove some of the conflict between freight and airport passenger traffic, for example at the intersection of Horrie Miller Drive, the Tonkin Highway and the Kewdale Road intersection." The Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said the project was on the 2010 National Priority List after an assessment by Infrastructure Australia.
"The upgrade of the road network around the airport and nearby industrial estates was one of our key pledges at the last Federal election and it's great that the work is finally underway," he said.