More cycle routes and road upgrades for eastern suburbs

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A DANGEROUS Forrestfield intersection will be fixed and a new three kilometre cycle path will be built in High Wycombe following a $3 million funding boost from the State Government.

The State Government is progressing with plans to build the new $900,000 roundabout at the Hale Road and Woolworths Drive intersection in Forrestfield – in line with a commitment made before the 2017 State Election.

Premier Mark McGowan, Transport Minister Rita Saffioti, Forrestfield MLA Stephen Price and Kalamunda MLA Matthew Hughes visited the intersection on Monday ) as part of the State Government’s Kalamunda-Forrestfield Community Cabinet meeting.

The current intersection is a growing frustration for local residents in the Kalamunda and Forrestfield areas due to heavy congestion during shopping hours, particularly at weekends.

Traffic on Hale Road regularly banks up due to vehicles needing to wait to cross oncoming traffic to enter the Forrestfield shopping precinct, causing a significant safety issue.

The City of Kalamunda is currently working with Main Roads Western Australia to finalise the design of the roundabout, which is set to be constructed by early 2020.

Meanwhile, the McGowan Government has also allocated an additional $2.75 million to build a new cycle path along Roe Highway between Berkshire Road and Maida Vale Road.

The new funding adds 1.8 kilometres to the existing commitment to construct a 1.25 kilometre section of principal shared path (PSP) as part of the Roe Highway-Kalamunda Road interchange upgrade.

The project will now connect Kalamunda Road to the PSP’s current dead end at Berkshire Road in Forrestfield and will be built on the eastern side of Roe Highway, connecting the communities of Forrestfield, Maida Vale and High Wycombe.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the significant additions to the PSP network that are now underway across Perth and wider WA, would give greater connections to the popular Kalamunda hills area for sports cycling enthusiasts.