Noise walls to go up to shield from Tonkin and Reid Hwys interchange

Construction works for a noise wall at another site in Bayswater. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Construction works for a noise wall at another site in Bayswater. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

NOISE walls will be built on properties in the eastern suburbs to combat noise and dust levels caused by the construction of the Tonkin and Reid highways interchange.

Main Roads WA notified Beechboro, Noranda, Ballajura and Bennett Springs residents this month about the noise walls, which will be paid for by Main Roads.

The interchange is part of the $1.12 billion NorthLink WA project’s central section from Reid Highway to Ellenbrook, which will result in no traffic lights connecting the highways and redirected traffic on Beechboro Road North to the freeway.

A noise wall is a structure built between the road and a residential property to reduce traffic nose to the resident.

According to Main Roads, the walls will be made of concrete panels, steel posts and painted or coloured concrete finish in a neutral tone.

City of Swan residents attended information sessions run by the Great Northern Connect Team, a joint venture with Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction and BGC Contracting from April 27 to May 2.

Ballajura resident Kim Reid said she had been at her property for 20 years where her back fence was rotten and falling apart.

“The replacement of it (the fence) has just come at a really good time,” she said.

“When the construction is going to start moving along, the dust is going to get worse, we have been living with dust ever since we have been there.

“Hopefully this noise wall will reduce that.”

Ms Reid said the proposed wall for her property was 3m in concrete and 2m in acrylic paint.

Main Roads spokesman Dean Roberts said the number of noise walls proposed had not been finalised.

“For property owners who will have noise walls installed on or very close to their property boundary, residents may choose to have their existing back boundary fence removed,” he said.

“Initial clearing works have begun on NorthLink WA central section and key construction activities will commence mid-year…construction is due for completion by mid-2019.

“NorthLink WA central section (Reid Highway to Ellenbrook) contractor, Great Northern Connect, will work closely with the residents and property owners throughout this process.”

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said she would make sure the department could deliver an election commitment to replace the Ballajura Sand Bund with a noise wall.