As reported in the Times in June following a site tour, the City of Wanneroo expected its contractor to finish the works and open the new junction with Wanneroo Road in early July.
However, City infrastructure projects manager Rob Korenhof said completion had now been delayed and would depend on Western Power.
‘Currently, there is a delay with regard to the relocation of Western Power underground services (HV cables) at two locations on the realigned section of Flynn Drive by Western Power,’ he said.
‘The City is waiting on design approval from Western Power for the changes required by Western Power’s contractor in relation to the relocation of HV cables.
‘On completion of the Western Power work, the City’s contractor can complete the remaining section of road works.
‘Other related road works which are not impacted by Western Power are expected to be completed by mid or late September.’
A Western Power spokesman said the utility would continue to work with the City to safely complete necessary works on budget.
‘The project had to undergo a redesign which is in the process of being assessed and approved,’ the spokesman said.
‘When the developer has installed the necessary underground power cabling, street lighting and a new transformer, Western Power will be required to connect and commission the equipment.’
Mr Korenhof said work on the verge was on hold for relocation of underground services near the transition with the existing Flynn Drive. He said the wait for relocation works had a direct impact on the contractor’s ability to finish roadworks.
Mr Korenhof said the project was initially delayed because the contractor, Brierty, could not take possession of the site until May 28 while Main Roads carried out works on Wanneroo Road.
He said the City was already finalising the design for stage two of the realignment project, which will cover Flynn Drive from the old alignment to Tranquil Drive.
He confirmed the delays will change the cost of the $5.5 million project, but the City had not yet calculated by how much.