Mitchell Fwy extension to start late 2020

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As part of the freeway extension work Wanneroo Rd will be upgraded to a dual carriageway from Romeo Rd to Trian Rd. Picture Anita McInnes

THE Mitchell Fwy extension to Romeo Rd work due to start next year will include a 1.8km dual carriageway for Wanneroo Rd in Carabooda.

On Sunday, March 17 the McGowan Government said as part of the freeway extension work Wanneroo Rd will be upgraded to a dual carriageway from Romeo Rd to Trian Rd.

The state government said the project scope would include a new interchange at Lukin Dr, a new road connecting Romeo Rd between Marmion Ave and Wanneroo Rd and completion of the current interchange at Hester Ave.

Cyclists and pedestrians will also benefit from a new principal shared path on the western side of the freeway extension. 

Premier Mark McGowan said the $215 million project to extend the freeway 5.6km from Hester Ave to Romeo Rd would create 1200 new jobs.

Construction is set to start by late 2020 after the state government said it would commit $107.5m for the project.

The suburbs of Yanchep, Alkimos and Eglinton – which had a population of about 3000 people in 2006 – are now home to about 30,000 people.

Population forecasts indicate the area will house about 118,000 people by 2031 – about 1.5 times Mandurah’s population of about 80,000.

The freeway extension to Romeo Rd is the latest of a series of northern suburbs road and rail projects announced by the government including the Metronet Yanchep rail extension due to start late this year and the Marmion Ave dual carriageway from Butler to Yanchep which is already under construction.

Other projects in progress include the widening of Wanneroo Rd to Flynn Dr and the Wanneroo Rd-Ocean Reef Rd and the Wanneroo Rd-Joondalup Dr interchange projects.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said once completed the freeway extension would take pressure off Wanneroo Rd and Marmion Ave and reduce travel times for motorists.

Meanwhile, when Prime Minister Scott Morrison was in Perth on March 8 he announced  $2.5m for work at the Shorehaven Blvd intersection on Marmion Ave in Alkimos.

Pearce MHR Christian Porter has campaigned with residents to get the intersection fixed.

“Over 400 people signed my petition to fix the intersection and today the Liberal Government has listened to these community concerns and has delivered,’’ he said.

“This crucial project will upgrade the intersection to improve traffic flow for the growing community, reduce congestion and minimise the risk of crashes.”