CITY of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts says the widening of Wanneroo Rd between Joondalup and Flynn drives will have many positives for the area.
Cr Roberts said the project would make the road safer, alleviate congestion, improve traffic flow and encourage further investment in the City of Wanneroo.
At a turning of the sod ceremony to launch the $31 million project Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the project, together with two interchange projects on Wanneroo Road, would lead to safer, more efficient journeys.
“It will also support the expansion of the industrial corridor in Perth’s north, which will help with job creation and new business opportunities,” she said.
“The delivery of each project will be carefully coordinated by Main Roads in partnership with the local community to minimise disruption to our road network during the period of the works.”
Pearce MHR Christian Porter said the upgrade would remove the bottleneck caused by 26,000 vehicles each day on Wanneroo Rd.
“The upgrade will also significantly improve safety and support the ongoing development of Wanneroo Rd as a major north-south alternative to the Mitchell Freeway,” he said.
“It will cater for the increasing volumes of traffic generated by the growing population in Perth’s north-west metropolitan corridor and provide efficient connectivity for industry servicing the expanding Wangara and Neerabup industrial parks.”
Cr Roberts said the project was the result of the efforts of thousands of residents who ensured their voices, and the city’s need for greater investment in transport infrastructure, was heard through the Connect Wanneroo campaign.
“Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Connect Wanneroo campaign and to the State Government for listening and delivering,’’ she said.
The project is a jointly funded project with the Australian Government contributing $24.8 million and the State Government contributing $6.2m.