Fremantle: $118m fix for High Street

More than $100 million will be spent improving roads.
More than $100 million will be spent improving roads.

ROE 8 might be on the backburner but more than $100 million of Federal funding will be used to improve High Street after the state and federal governments came to a $2.3 billion agreement.

The estimated $118 million upgrade of High Street between Carrington Street and Stirling Highway is one of six proposed southern suburbs projects aiming to ease traffic congestion and improve safety.

The City of Fremantle had slated a redevelopment of High Street in 2014, but Mayor Brad Pettitt said commitment to the outer harbour and the potential cap of the Fremantle inner harbour had made the major upgrades “potentially unnecessary as well as overly intrusive and expensive”.

“Instead of proceeding with these expensive options, Fremantle Council is looking forward to working with the new state government to come up with a more modest, near-term, lower-cost solution that improves the safety and performance of the intersection but also improves other parts of the freight route including North Fremantle and the netball grounds at Gibson Park,” he said.

“This means not proceeding with earlier options for the High Street and Stirling Highway intersection that focuses on controlled access standards and were designed for freight vehicles to travel at 70 kmh (signposted 60 kmh) and instead upgrading the intersection to a level currently provided on other parts of the existing freight route such as the Stock Road and Leach Highway intersection.”

WA Premier Mark McGowan said $1.2 billion of funding for Metronet had also been secured through the deal. Construction of the new circle line is due to start in 2019.

Other projects funded include the widening of Kwinana Freeway between Russell Road and Roe Highway and connecting Murdoch Drive to both the freeway and Roe Highway.

Fremantle MHR Josh Wilson said the project would transform the area.

“The work on these projects will start later this year with the widening of Armadale Road, and in time all five projects will reduce congestion and improve safety on our roads while creating almost 4000 jobs,” he said.

“The long-overdue transport works across Fremantle and Cockburn, taken together with Metronet’s Cockburn-Thornlie passenger rail connection, will be transformative projects for the south-metro region.”

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