Noranda: New access ramp from Lightning Park to Reid Highway opens as part of NorthLink WA

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti and Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson opening the new ramp.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti and Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson opening the new ramp.

TRAFFIC through residential streets in Noranda will be reduced, after a new exit ramp from Lightning Park to Reid Highway opened today.

The ramp has been built as part of the revised NorthLink WA project, which is transforming the Tonkin-Reid highway intersection to a freeway-to-freeway interchange.

It will allow traffic to exit Lightning Park directly, reducing the need for people to seek alternative exits through local roads.

Some finishing works including asphalting and line marking will continue.

The previous government closed the access road from Lightning Park in late 2016, as part of the NorthLink WA project.

In December 2016, the Reporter covered a community meeting where Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson gathered more than 60 Noranda residents who wanted changes to the NorthLink, to relieve congestion on local roads connected to Lightning Park.

Ms Sanderson said she was proud the State Government delivered on the election commitment, following the community meeting.

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“Locals fought hard for the new exit ramp, which will maintain safe traffic flow out of the park following events as well as reducing congestion on local roads,” she said.

“These changes follow extensive community consultation and demonstrates a collaborative approach between the local community, council, State Government and the project team to achieve a positive outcome for all involved.”

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said it was a “sensible solution” which delivered a “good outcome” for the local area. “The new ramp solves issues of local congestion after park events by allowing attendees to leave via Reid Highway rather than through residential streets,” she said.