State Government's $500M Northern Suburbs Roads Package

15 January 2013

Albert discussing the Mitchell Freeway with Troy Buswell MLA and Joondalup MLA Jan Norberger

Albert discussing the Mitchell Freeway with Troy Buswell MLA and Joondalup MLA Jan Norberger

Premier Colin Barnett and Transport Minister Troy Buswell announced a $499.1million State Government upgrade of critical road transport infrastructure in Perth’s northern suburbs.

“The funding targets five key projects to improve road safety and reduce traffic congestion in one of Perth’s key growth areas,” Mr Barnett said.

“A six kilometre extension of the Mitchell Freeway from Burns Beach Road to Hester Avenue will be built from 2014-15 to 2016-17.  This will help to relieve pressure on local roads in the growth suburbs of Clarkson, Butler and Jindalee.

“This pressure will only increase with the future residential developments further north at Alkimos, Eglinton, Yanchep and Two Rocks.”

Mr Buswell said the extension project also provided for the upgrade of key local roads feeding into the freeway system.

“Without this extension, traffic volumes on Perth’s two major north-south arterial routes - Marmion Avenue north of Burns Beach Road and Wanneroo Road - would soon rise to dangerous and unmanageable levels,” Mr Buswell said.

The Premier said all five projects would contribute to improved travel times for motorists and result in savings for business through improved transport certainty.

The Government would also undertake a long-overdue widening to accommodate dual lanes on a 2.2km stretch of Reid Highway between Duffy and Erindale roads in Carine.

The project includes building a second bridge over the Mitchell Freeway to alleviate the major congestion that occurs at this location at both peak traffic periods.  Design work will begin immediately with construction set for 2014-15.

Mr Buswell said the bridging of the congested Malaga Drive on Reid Highway would see the completion of the ‘big three’ projects needed to improve safety and efficiency on Reid Highway.

“This Government has delivered on much-needed improvements to Reid Highway where it intersects at Alexander Drive and Mirrabooka Avenue, and this replica project at Malaga Drive will complete the suite,” he said.

“Work will start in 2013-14 to build two bridges to carry Reid Highway traffic over Malaga Drive. The project will be completed in 2014-15.

“It will provide a major safety enhancement at this intersection, which recorded nearly 400 crashes in 10 years to the end of 2010, in which 16 people were seriously injured.”