The Mitchell Freeway extension from Burns Beach Road to Hester Avenue started today - six months earlier than planned, after the Australian Government contributed $209.1 million towards the extension.
Ocean Reef MLA Albert Jacob joined government colleagues in Clarkson today to turn the sod, and expressed the importance of the Mitchell Freeway for residents in the northern suburbs.
“The freeway extension will provide a more direct route to the northern suburbs, reducing the traffic build up on neighbouring roads” Mr Jacob said.
“The community will benefit from reduced travel times, decreased pressure on local roads and increased development in the area.”
Leighton Contractors is designing and building the extension, for completion by mid-2017. The work includes:
• Six kilometres of dual lane freeway from Burns Beach Road to Hester Avenue for north and southbound traffic, with space for an extra lane each way when required
• Extension of Neerabup Road eastwards from Connolly Drive to Wanneroo Road
• Duplication of Hester Avenue from Hidden Valley Retreat to Wanneroo Road
• Interchanges at Burns Beach Road, Neerabup Road and Hester Avenue
• A path for pedestrians and cyclists, including an overpass at Burns Beach Road
• Pedestrian underpasses at Neerabup Road, Hester Avenue and Currambine train station
• Works at the Flynn Drive/Wanneroo Road/Neerabup Road intersection
The Western Australian Government will fund the remaining $52.3 million for the project, with construction set to finish in mid-2017.