$70m double-lane carriageway on Reid Hwy to benefit eastern suburbs, says Transport Minister

Rita Saffioti. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au
$70m double-lane carriageway on Reid Hwy to benefit eastern suburbs, says Transport Minister
Roadworks taking place between Altone Road and Tonkin Hwy in Bennett Springs and Beechboro.
$70m double-lane carriageway on Reid Hwy to benefit eastern suburbs, says Transport Minister
Rita Saffioti. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au Roadworks taking place between Altone Road and Tonkin Hwy in Bennett Springs and Beechboro.

TRANSPORT Minister Rita Saffioti says a double-lane carriageway between Altone and West Swan roads on Reid Highway will bring “integrated transport infrastructure” to the eastern suburbs.

The $70 million project features the construction of a 4km, two-lane carriageway between Altone and West Swan roads, modifications to the Reid Highway and West Swan Road intersection and bridge beams and deck for a second carriageway across Bennett Brook.

This section is the last remaining single carriageway section of road on Reid Highway, with construction to occur on the southern side of the existing carriageway.

There will also be improved pedestrian and cycling facilities, signage, fencing, drainage, landscaping and street lighting.

Ms Saffioti said the concept design was currently being finalised and a design and construct contract was expected to be awarded in the final quarter of 2018.

“Consultation to date has involved specific stakeholders, including the City of Swan and neighbouring property owners,” she said.

“Project newsletters have also been sent to more than 8500 local addresses outlining the project scope and timeframe… future consultation is also planned with nearby property owners.

“Detailed design will then be undertaken before construction starts in early 2019.”

Ms Saffioti said the project would benefit commuters and residents in the eastern suburbs and beyond.

“Combined with NorthLink WA, New Lord Street and the future Metronet Ellenbrook rail line, residents in the north-east corridor are finally getting the integrated transport infrastructure they need for this growth,” she said.

“Upgrading Reid Highway will vastly improve traffic flow, ease congestion and create a safer road for everyone.

“It will also create a more efficient, reliable freight network with connections to Roe Highway, NorthLink and Great Eastern Highway.

“Cyclists and pedestrians can look forward to a new shared path that will improve access to the Swan Valley and Perth’s wider cycling network.”

Construction is currently planned to be finished in early 2020.

MORE: Department of Local Govt investigating cities of Perth and Joondalup over undisclosed gifts

MORE: Family reunited with dog a year after believing it had been put down

MORE: Sixth person charged over Canning Vale violence

MORE: Roger Federer’s quokka selfie a boon for WA tourism