Changes announced to NorthLink will ease traffic congestion from Reid Highway to Airport

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti and NorthLink WA senior project director Rob Arnott.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti and NorthLink WA senior project director Rob Arnott.

ROAD changes will be implemented at congested intersections in the north-eastern suburbs to ensure “free-flowing” traffic from Reid Highway to Perth Airport.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti announced several changes to the $1.12 billion NorthLink WA project’s southern section today, which affected the cities of Bayswater and Swan and the Town of Bassendean.

The project is a state-of-the-art transport link between Morley and Muchea which aims to divert heavy traffic away from local roads.

Traffic on Tonkin Highway has been redirected under Collier Road which allows motorists to travel from Perth Airport to Reid Highway without traffic lights.

Two temporary roundabouts on Collier Road will be operating until February when traffic lights are commissioned at the Collier Road interchange.

Traffic on Morley Drive will continue travelling through two roundabouts during construction of the permanent roundabout, which is expected to be completed in February.

Beams were installed in December for the first bridge in the Reid and Tonkin Highway interchange.

The bridge will form part of the Reid Highway alignment that will take vehicles over Tonkin Highway as part the freeway-to-freeway interchange.

In the next few months, a temporary roundabout will replace traffic lights at the Beechboro Road North and Reid Highway intersection to enable construction of the Beechboro Road North overpass.

A temporary roundabout will replace traffic lights for the construction of a southbound onramp from Reid to Tonkin Highways.

Ms Saffioti said the changes would result in time savings for Ellenbrook, Noranda and Ballajura residents and eliminate four dangerous intersections.

“Already, we have seen a lot of relief for people living in the Morley-Noranda area as they can now access Tonkin Highway with free-flowing (traffic),” she said.

She said stage two of the construction works would link the Bennett Springs and Ballajura communities.

The whole project is expected to be completed in 2019.

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