Progress on delayed work

An artist’s impression of Wangaree Community Centre.
An artist’s impression of Wangaree Community Centre.

In December 2011, the council decided to proceed with ‘sacrificial’ plans to provide traffic signals at the junction of Wanneroo Road and Flynn Drive to ensure the signals would be in place in 2012.

At the time, the City’s administration said the junction would have to be rebuilt if Wanneroo Road became a dual carriageway, but the alternative of building it at a lower ground level would delay the project by 18 months.

Mayor Tracey Roberts confirmed this month that the first phase of the project, to clear existing vegetation, had only started on April 15 and should finish in early June. Wanneroo MLA Paul Miles said the City decided to take a shortcut with the Flynn Drive realignment in 2011 but still had not built the road.

Mrs Roberts said delays to start the project last year were due to design changes and finalisation of land acquisition so the work could be done on the correct alignment.

In December, the State Government announced it would fund an extension of Neerabup Road east to Wanneroo Road, as part of the $315 million Mitchell Freeway extension to Hester Avenue.

Mrs Roberts said that after clearing, there would be a geotechnical investigation of the cleared road reserve in July.

‘Consideration will then be given to advertising a tender to undertake bulk earthworks, the second phase,’ she said.

Mrs Roberts said the City still had to set a date to start the third phase, road construction, pending the outcome of Main Roads WA design for the proposed Wanneroo Road, Neerabup Road and Flynn Drive intersection.