No date set for road works restart

Originally due to finish last July, realignment roadworks stalled in September and the contractor moved off site while waiting for power cables to be relocated.

The City’s acting infrastructure director, Harminder Singh, said the City was negotiating with the contractor, Brierty Limited, to restart the work, but did not provide a date.

‘Works will resume as soon as negotiations have concluded,’ he said.

‘Completion is scheduled for approximately three months from recommencement.’

Mr Singh said negotiations included co-ordinating with Western Power and Main Roads WA to provide street lighting and traffic signal infrastructure.

In February 2014, the council approved a $3.462 million contract with Brierty, with $4.945 million allocated to stage one altogether including $1 million in state funding.

Mr Singh said the City had not yet determined the cost impacts of the delays.

‘There are no legal issues and black spot grants have not been affected,’ he said.

‘The current works being undertaken, and works outstanding, have not impacted road conditions and appropriate traffic management is in place in the area.’

Stage one included realigning the western end of Flynn Drive and installing traffic signals at the junction with Wanneroo Road.

The City allocated $5 million in its 2014-15 budget for stage two, and in November the council decided to seek $7.2 million in federal funding to upgrade Flynn Drive into a dual carriageway.

The road is seen as a main trucking route to and from the Neerabup industrial area, but the existing junction with Wanneroo Road is classified a black spot where fatal and serious crashes have occurred.