Premier announces northern road projects to boost jobs, ease congestion

From left: Premier Mark McGowan, Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton, Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard, Transport Minister Rita Saffioti. Photo: Lucy Jarvis
From left: Premier Mark McGowan, Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton, Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard, Transport Minister Rita Saffioti. Photo: Lucy Jarvis

THE State Government will invest $186 million in four northern suburbs road projects to create jobs and ease congestion.

The four projects will help reduce traffic around Wanneroo Road and on the Mitchell Freeway, creating more than 1000 jobs in the process.

The funding for the projects comes from the new Commonwealth-State agreement to reallocate $2.3 billion in funding from the defunct Perth Freight Link project.

Federal funding for METRONET has also been secured, with $1.2 billion allocated to its delivery, including the extension of the Joondalup Line to Yanchep.

The four northern suburbs projects are:

Wanneroo Road/Ocean Reef Road Interchange
Cost estimate: $65 million
Jobs created: 350

Wanneroo Road Dual Carriageway – Joondalup Drive to Flynn Drive
Cost estimate: $31 million
Jobs created: 175

Wanneroo Road/Joondalup Drive Interchange
Cost estimate: $50 million
Jobs created: 280

Mitchell Freeway southbound widening (Cedric Street to Vincent Street)
Cost estimate: $40 million
Jobs created: 280

The dual carriageway upgrade of Wanneroo Road from Joondalup Drive to Flynn Drive will start in mid-2017, and is one of three projects resulting from the renegotiation of the Roe 8 contract.

The other projects will commence in 2018-19.

“By building these upgrades, we’re getting on with the job of delivering on our promises to the northern suburbs,” Premier Mark McGowan said.

“This is just the start – we’ll also deliver METRONET to Yanchep and through the major growth suburbs in the north.

“This level of investment is a game-changer for WA – providing much needed work to stimulate the construction industry, creating jobs for Western Australians.”

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