New date for temporary closure of Pipidinny Rd

Metronet says the temporary closure of Pipidinny Rd until mid-2022 will reduce the works period by 11 months and be safer for road users and workers. Picture: Anita McInnes

FROM early next month Pipidinny Rd between Marmion Ave and Beonaddy Rd, Eglinton will be temporarily closed until the middle of next year.

Metronet has announced that from Monday, August 2 Pipidinny Rd users will need to use Hester Ave or Yanchep Beach Rd to access Wanneroo Rd while the road is closed.

There are about 3000 entries or exits daily at the Pipidinny Rd and Wanneroo Rd intersection.

Main Roads WA data shows it expects more than 7000 vehicle entries and exits on weekdays at the Yanchep Beach Rd and Wanneroo Rd-Indian Ocean Dr intersection during 2020-21.

During the closure the section of Pipidinny Rd between Wanneroo Rd and Beonaddy Rd will be open to local traffic only and signage will be in place advising detours.

Metronet said the closure was required to ensure the safety of workers and road users during the construction of the road-over-rail bridge at Pipidinny Rd, the widening of Pipidinny Rd, and the installation of a new sewer line under Pipidinny Rd to service Eglinton station.

In December 9 last year it was announced the closure was due to start on March 1, but that did not eventuate.

Later the same month Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the possibility of a diversion on Pipidinny Rd was being discussed but on March 8 Public Transport Authority (PTA) spokesman David Hynes said a date for the road closure was still to be determined and that a deviation was not being considered.

In Main Roads will raise concerns if road closure creates issues on March 8 Main Roads WA spokesman Dean Roberts said the temporary closure of Pipidinny Rd was being implemented by the City of Wanneroo and Metronet, therefore they would be responsible for identifying and implementing a solution at the intersection of Yanchep Beach Rd-Wanneroo Rd, should the need arise.

Mr Roberts said Main Roads involvement would include assisting with a solution if approached by either agency.

“However, if this support was not requested and Main Roads identified significant issues on Wanneroo Rd (a state-controlled road) that were not being appropriately addressed, then Main Roads would raise these concerns with Metronet and the City of Wanneroo,’’ he said.

Mr Hynes said the impact of additional traffic at the Wanneroo Rd-Yanchep Beach Rd and Hester Ave-Marmion Ave intersections had been assessed using current traffic statistics.

Mr Hynes said the analysis showed the intersections were capable of handling the extra traffic without significant additional congestion or delays.

He said the City of Wanneroo had approved the temporary closure of Pipidinny Rd.