Midland underpass and road link works ready for hospital opening

The Morley to Ellenbrook rail line will receive $750 million to begin construction next year.
Midland underpass and road link works ready for hospital opening
The Morley to Ellenbrook rail line will receive $750 million to begin construction next year.

WORK on the Midland railway underpass and link road upgrades will be ready for the November opening of the St John of God public and private hospitals.

The underpass project is two-thirds complete and progressing well, despite recent heavy rainfalls, according to Main Roads.

Clayton Street night work usually starts about 7pm and continues until about 6am to avoid causing daytime traffic delays.

The Midland Redevelopment Authority (MRA)’s $15 million Clayton Street upgrade includes a roundabout, cycle lanes, pathways and native plant landscaping.

“Thursday nights they usually set up a little later, around 10pm, for late-night trading,” an MRA spokeswoman said.

“All work will be finished in time for the hospital opening.”

On the northern side of Lloyd Street, the eastern access road is sealed and entry to the shops is via this access road.

On the southern side of the underpass, a temporary detour road off Clayton Street leads to Coppershop Road.

The road is sealed and traffic controlled to enable shop deliveries and access for police vehicles during construction.

Access to the busy retail area has been continuous throughout the works.

Work throughout September and October will see the bridge supports and the walls of the cycle and pedestrian paths in the underpass completed.

The construction team achieved a major milestone with the installation of beams for the Cowie Close road bridge in a single day.

Year 10 Swan Christian College student Declan Perry joined the team for a week of work experience on site.

The teenager was up before sunrise to make the 7am toolbox meeting and start-up.

Declan said he hoped to become a civil engineer or electrician.

His supervisor, Deane ‘Dozer’ Hill, said Declan did not skip the hard tasks.

“He took part in every challenge we gave him and really worked hard,” he said.

Declan said working on the underpass had been an eye-opener.

“I think I have a better understanding of the work that is involved in designing and building roads,” he said.

More information about the project is available at www.mainroads.wa.gov.au under Projects.