Flynn Dr and freeway roadworks

Clearing of trees beside the existing Wanneroo Rd for the new lanes. Picture: Anita McInnes

ROADWORKS continue on the Flynn Dr and Wanneroo Rd intersection and the Mitchell Freeway north extension.

In early September Wanneroo Rd was closed for night works in the area around the Light Horseman Trail car park to remove trees close to Wanneroo Rd.

The project, which started in the middle of the year will, extend the freeway north to Hester Ave, Clarkson and reconfigure the Flynn Dr, Wanneroo Rd and Neerabup Rd intersection.

Wanneroo Rd from Flynn Dr to Hall Rd will be widened.

The freeway extension will deliver a 6km dual carriageway in both directions (with the capacity for an expansion to three lanes in the future).

There will be new interchanges at Burns Beach Rd, Neerabup Rd and Hester Ave and a shared path for pedestrians and cyclists, including underpasses and a bridge.

Neerabup Rd will be extended from Connolly Dr to Wanneroo Rd and Hester Ave will be extended from Hidden Valley Retreat to Wanneroo Rd.

The project is due for completion by mid-2017.

Information on the main Roads WA website said about 3.5 million tonnes of existing material was expected to be shifted by project completion.

”Where possible, material is being re-used within the project area however some material will need to be taken off-site,’’ the website said.

During August, “construction reference group representatives participated in walkthroughs of the Neerabup Rd and Wanneroo Rd alignments to identify specific native trees that may be retained.

The contractors have continued earthworks, vegetation mulching, top soil removal and fence installation on the eastern and western sides of the train line.

They have also continued vegetation removal and mulching and fence installation along the Neerabup Rd and Wanneroo Rd alignments.

Main Roads WA said it was working with Leighton Contractors on the $261.4 million project for which the Australian Government had contributed $209.1m.

The utility said it was mindful of minimising the impact to the environment at every stage of construction.

“The team is implementing a range of proactive, environmentally friendly and sustainable initiatives throughout the delivery of the project.

“For example before removing vegetation fauna is trapped and relocated and seed is collected for re-vegetation, as well as retaining topsoil and mulching cleared vegetation for re-use.”