IT was deleted from the State’s road network plan 12 years ago but as planning for Roe 8 steps up, the Fremantle Eastern Bypass (FEB) may get a second chance.
Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the State Government was committed to Roe 8, an extension of Roe Highway to Stock Road.
A road reserve was set aside in the 1950s to accommodate a transit route from there to the Fremantle Port, but the land was removed from the Metropolitan Region Scheme in 2003 by the Gallop Government.
Mr Nalder said the route for the first part of the highway extension had already been identified, and was a 5.2km extension of Roe Highway from Kwinana Freeway to just west of Coolbellup Avenue.
The Government was still finalising the route for the second section, which would include upgrades to Stock Road, Leach Highway, High Street and Stirling Highway, spanning 8.2km.
Mr Nalder said he had asked Main Roads to investigate a tunnel route to avoid immediate upgrades to Stock Road and Leach Highway.
“The alternative route extends Roe Highway west of Stock Road along the Roe Highway road reserve in Hamilton Hill, then heads north as a tunnel, starting just before Clontarf Hill and running underground to join Stirling Highway near High Street.”
He said three companies had been hired to assess the costing and feasibility of the alternative route and they would report back to Main Roads in about three months when advice would be provided to the minister.
The Federal Government has committed $925 million to the project and the State Government is contributing $650 million.
Last Tuesday, Melville Council backed a motion to support the extension of Roe Highway through the former FEB alignment.
Mayor Russell Aubrey said the bypass, which would save Melville homes under threat from the development in Palmyra, was the City’s preferred option prior to the events of 2003.
“The traffic congestion problems in Melville are mainly caused by trucks and cars destined to and from Freo and Cockburn and we don’t want them dumped in Melville in perpetuity,” he said.
Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett was not interested in a plan that cuts through Cockburn.
“Their proposal is flawed and uses outdated planning practices that transfers the negative impacts of freight movement out of Melville into the Cockburn community,” he said.