New approach to roadwork on Ocean Reef Road

AN alternative method will be used for the works to duplicate part of Ocean Reef Road.

Last month, Joondalup councillors voted to accept the $2.68 million alternative tender from Ertech to carry out the works from Oceanside Promenade to Marmion Avenue.

Tenders were open from August 12 to September 2 and 15 submissions were received. Infrastructure services director Nico Claassen said the alternative tender proposed to open-cut the dual road rather than perform directional drilling of some underground services.

“It’s quite a good proposal and it’s saving money,” he said.

The project was budgeted at $4.34 million, with $2.9 million funded from a Metropolitan Regional Road Group Improvement Grant.

“The City is currently in discussions with Main Roads WA seeking approval to extend the project to include the roundabout at Ocean Reef Road/Oceanside Promenade and to extend the dualling of Ocean Reef Road towards the Swanson Way roundabout,” a council document said.

Mr Claassen said funding for the additional work was not budgeted for but it would need to be done before the construction of Ocean Reef Marina.