Next step for Lloyd St extension is bridge over Helena River to Hazelmere: Minister

Ken Wyatt, Darren Chester, Mayor Mick Wainwright and Cr David Lucas.
Ken Wyatt, Darren Chester, Mayor Mick Wainwright and Cr David Lucas.

THE extension of Lloyd Street over the Helena River to Hazelmere could be considered for future investment, says Federal Infrastructure Minister Darren Chester.

Hasluck MLA Ken Wyatt invited the Mr Chester to view current roadworks at Lloyd Street last week.

Mr Wyatt said works had progressed significantly on both sides of the river.

“The next stage of the Lloyd Street extension would be to provide a bridge over Helena River. This would make an incredible difference in Midland and Hazelmere,” he said.

“It would allow traffic to flow between Midland and Hazelmere and alleviate congestion on the current routes.”

Mr Chester said he was keen to work with local and State governments to invest in infrastructure that would make a real difference.

The remaining stage of the project has not been identified by the State Government as a priority and the Department of Infrastructure has not received a request for funding.

In May, State Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said while the Lloyd Street bridge project was not a State Government commitment, it would be considered.

Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright said the Lloyd Street extension would directly link Midland with the industrial areas of Forrestfield, Kewdale and Perth Airport.

“The extension of Lloyd Street would create a much needed southern entry to Midland, providing improved access to the new hospital, future university and developing entertainment precinct,” he said.

“The City anticipates the extension would also open up industrial land, reduce congestion and boost local employment opportunities.

“Additionally it would also provide a gateway to Midland’s vibrant medical, university ad historic workshops precinct.”