Work starts on Mitchell Fwy extension to Romeo Rd

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Transport Minister Rita Saffioti and Premier Mark McGowan take part in a turning of the sod ceremony off Lukin Dr in Ridgewood this afternoon. Picture: Anita McInnes

THREE new infrastructure projects are underway in the northern corridor, including the 5.6km extension of the Mitchell Fwy from Hester Ave to Romeo Rd.

This afternoon Premier Mark McGowan, Transport Minister Rita Saffioti, Butler MLA John Quigley and Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton were among those to take part in a turning of the sod ceremony off Lukin Dr in Ridgewood.

The Mitchell Fwy extension project will include new freeway access points at Hester Ave, Lukin Dr and Romeo Rd, an extension of Romeo Rd from Wanneroo Rd to Marmion Ave, duplication of Wanneroo Rd from Romeo Rd to Trian Rd and new shared paths on the western side of the freeway.

Yanchep News Online asked Ms Saffioti if any thought had been given to continuing Lukin Dr to Nowergup Rd to provide another east-west link between Marmion Ave and Wanneroo Rd.

Ms Saffioti said it had been considered but there were some environmental issues involved and the upgrade now underway would make Wanneroo Rd safer.

The funding will allow the duplication of Wanneroo Rd from south of Romeo Rd to Dunstan Rd resulting in a continuous dual carriageway on Wanneroo Rd all the way north to Taronga Pl in Carabooda.

Additional funding recently announced by the Morrison Government means the interchange at Butler Blvd can also be added to the scope.

Ms Winton said another east-west link was probably not needed for many years and when it was Butler Blvd could be added to the possibilities.

Fast tracked to boost the economy through Covid-19, the Mitchell Fwy project is being delivered by the Mitchell Extension Joint Venture, a consortium of BMD Construction and Georgiou Group.

The second project is the smart freeway project, which will involve nine entry ramps southbound from Hester Ave to Warwick Rd.

The third project will see the Mitchell Fwy southbound widened to three lanes between Hodges Dr to Hepburn Ave, along with upgrades to the principal shared path for cyclists and pedestrians.

Premier Mark McGowan says the $448 million transformation will provide a massive boost to the economy while also transforming the northern suburbs.

This project also includes construction of a new lane from Hodges Dr to Warwick Rd, an extra lane from Hepburn Ave entry ramp to Warwick Rd exit ramp, new safety barriers and new or upgraded shared paths between Ocean Reef Rd to Warwick station.

Mr McGowan said the $448 million transformation would provide a massive boost to the economy while also transforming the northern suburbs.

“We know the northern suburbs is booming with the Western Australian Planning Commission estimating by 2031, the population of the region will have grown by 39 per cent to 395,000 and to 740,000 by 2050,” he said.

The upgrade is set to support more than 2200 local jobs.

All three projects are jointly funded by the Morrison and McGowan governments and are due to be completed late 2023.

Urban Infrastructure and Cities Minister Paul Fletcher said the upgrade of the Mitchell Fwy would increase connectivity, improve journey reliability and help alleviate local road capacity issues for commuters.

Ms Saffioti said the projects formed part of an extensive upgrade to road, rail and cycling infrastructure works underway in Perth’s northern corridor.

“When complete, the Mitchell Fwy extension project will deliver time savings of up to 15 minutes northbound from Narrows Bridge to Alkimos during the afternoon peak period,” she said.