A BOTTLENECK between Flynn and Joondalup drives, will soon be eased with construction progressing on the Wanneroo Rd widening project.
Premier Mark McGowan, Federal Urban Infrastructure and Cities Minister Paul Fletcher, WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti and Pearce MHR Christian Porter inspected progress of the $31 million Wanneroo Rd dual carriageway upgrade which will relieve congestion for motorists in Perth’s northern corridor.
Mr McGowan said the widening project would lead to safer, faster journeys to homes and businesses in the northern suburbs and create jobs for Western Australians.
“The City of Wanneroo alone is expected to increase by 20 per cent in the next five years, making the upgrade of Wanneroo Rd even more important to ensure this area is more accessible for local residents and businesses,” he said.
Mr Fletcher said the road widening project was the first of 17 road projects resulting from the $2.3 billion WA Infrastructure Package, to which the Turnbull Government contributed $1.6b.
“This project alone will create 175 direct and indirect jobs while the WA Infrastructure Package is expected to support about 6000 jobs,” he said.
“This project is yet another example of how the Turnbull Government’s $6.8b investment in infrastructure in Western Australia is boosting the state’s economy and creating thousands of jobs.”
Ms Saffioti said the project would accommodate increasing volumes of traffic generated by population growth and industrial development in the north-west metropolitan corridor.
“People will start to see a host of road projects across Western Australia get underway this year – improving our road network, delivering jobs and complementing our Metronet vision,” she said.
Mr Porter said the project would remove a well-known pinch point on Wanneroo Rd, leading to safer and more efficient journeys for road users.
“Works include construction of the new 3.2km dual carriageway, upgrading Golf Links Dr and Carramar Rd intersections, upgrading existing formal driveways on Wanneroo Rd and installing noise walls between Joondalup Dr and Carramar Rd,’’ he said.
“Construction will be completed by late 2018.
“It complements other significant works in the northern corridor and is the first of three fully funded upgrades to Wanneroo Rd, with construction of a new interchange at Joondalup Dr expected to start mid-2018 and another at Ocean Reef Rd expected to start in late 2018.”
Wanneroo Rd between Joondalup Dr and Flynn Dr is now an isolated section of single carriageway with limited opportunities for overtaking, creating a dangerous bottleneck at peak hour.
About 26,000 vehicles a day use the section of road and traffic volume is steadily increasing due to urban and industrial growth in the surrounding areas.
The Wanneroo Road (Joondalup Drive to Flynn Drive) Dual Carriageway is a jointly funded project with the Australian Government contributing $24.8m and the Western Australian Government contributing $6.2m.