PLANS to eliminate another congestion hot spot on Roe Highway have reached a major milestone with calls for expressions of interest to design and build a grade-separated interchange at the Kalamunda Road intersection with the highway in Maida Vale.
Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said because Roe Highway links with almost all of Perth’s important road corridors, upgrades were critical to ensure efficient movement throughout the city.
“This project is the latest in a series of Australian Government-funded initiatives to remove known pinch points on the Roe Highway following the successful delivery of Gateway WA, the Roe Highway and Berkshire Road interchange, and the Roe Highway Upgrade project between Tonkin Highway and Orrong Road,” he said.
“We look forward to seeing this project supporting jobs and economic growth by improving this key route in Perth’s north-east in terms of travel times, traffic flows, freight productivity and reliability.”
WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the project would remove one of the last remaining signalised intersections on Roe Highway between Midland and Kwinana Freeway.
“Building a grade-separated interchange at this location, which features a higher than average incidence of rear-end and right-angle crashes, will improve safety by removing the potential for clashes between turning and through traffic,” she said.
Federal Member for Hasluck Ken Wyatt said the new interchange would improve traffic flow and reduce local noise pollution levels.
“It will reduce stress for local commuters and allow them to spend more time with their families,” he said.
“The current concept design will also provide a big boost for pedestrians and cyclists, with a shared path with local links, along with the new bridge, two roundabouts and on and off-ramps.”
Construction on the project is expected to start in 2019 and be completed in 2020, weather permitting.
The $86 million project is jointly funded by the Federal ($68.8 million) and State ($17.2 million) governments.