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Construction of a freeway exit leading to Rockingham city centre will start next month.

As part of a $17.8 million project, the 4.5km road will be built east of Kwinana Freeway between Thomas and Safety Bay roads.

Rockingham mayor Barry Sammels said the project would not be possible without the contribution of State and Federal Governments.

The Gillard Government provided supplied $8.7 million in funds towards construction, while the WA Planning Commission funded the $10.3 million land acquisition process.

WA Planning Minister John Day and the Federal member for Brand, Gary Gray, officially launched the project yesterday.

Mr Sammels said the City had been advocating for the road for the past 13 years and were pleased to see it finally eventuate.

“This small stretch of road represents a significant change in the way people will be accessing the City of Rockingham, Garden Island and the Rockingham/Kwinana Industrial strip and will offer a dedicated freight route and a direct road to the coast for commuters,” he said.

“After so many years we can acknowledge the work that has been completed on this very detailed project and I am pleased that our community will benefit from this new gateway into the city.”

Mr Sammels said he expected the road to be finished in just over a year.