HIGH Street between Stirling Highway and Carrington Street will be transformed after a draft plan was announced by Premier Mark McGowan and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti this morning.
At the centre of the plan is a roundabout at the intersection with Stirling Highway, as well as a widening of the High Street median to separate traffic and trees.
A one-way service road and proposed car bays around Fremantle Netball Association are proposed.
The project is estimated to cost $118 million and create 700 jobs.
Ms Saffioti said the modified plan was created in consultation with the City of Fremantle.
“The original plan was agreed upon by the previous government but we have modified it,” she said.
“The plan is to improve the safety of the local area including amending the grades of the road.
“This project had been 10 years in the making and further discussion is needed to carparks near the netball courts.”
Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the balance between freight efficiency and safety would be met under the plan.
“The Royal Fremantle Golf Course will most likely lose a tee but ultimately it won’t lose any of its ratings and plan to improve the driving range” he said.
“Parking will also be a challenge in this area but the key aspect of the project was to make it safer to stop kids running across the road.”
Mr McGowan said the project could go ahead because of the cancellation of the Perth Freight Link.
“This project will make it far easier for trucks to get to the Port,” he said.