Wanneroo Council awards $18m Marmion Ave tender

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts, Butler MLA John Quigley and Wanneroo Deputy Mayor Nat Sangalli. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d491489
Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts, Butler MLA John Quigley and Wanneroo Deputy Mayor Nat Sangalli. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d491489

CONSTRUCTION company RJ Vincent & Co has won a $17.9 million tender to widen Marmion Avenue from Butler to Yanchep.

The State Government provided $23 million for the 11.4km dual carriageway project and the company is already working on a 1.2km stretch in Alkimos.

Wanneroo Council unanimously approved the tender for the 2.2km section south of current works to Camborne Parkway, and the remaining 8km from Alkimos to Yanchep on Tuesday, March 5.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said it was a “much needed project” to support the growing population and the City wanted to get “asphalt down as quickly as possible so the community can start using it”.

“This has been a result of strong advocacy from the council,” she said.

Mrs Roberts said the City received “overwhelming support” from the community for it in the Connect Wanneroo campaign and thanked the State Government for listening.

Marmion Avenue widening works. Picture: Martin Kennealey

At the February 26 briefing session, assets director Harminder Singh said the City was waiting for Main Roads to approve traffic signals to replace the Graceful Boulevard roundabout before work could start on the southern section.

Mr Singh said there were 14 intersections along the road, including several new T-junctions and four-way intersections.

A council report said the City proposed to modify the Pectoral Promenade T-junction as the main access to the Alkimos train station via future road Brindabella Parkway.

It said the existing Cinnabar Road T-junction would be replaced with a roundabout, with a fourth leg heading east to service the future Eglinton estate.

“A new dual lane roundabout will be constructed approximately 500m north of Cinnabar Drive,” it said.

“This roundabout will form the main intersection for the east-bound road to connect with the future Metronet rail station at Eglinton.”

Mrs Roberts said landscaping would be a separate component of the project.

UPDATE, 5.30pm: Pearce MHR Christian Porter said a $96 million federal infrastructure package announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison today included $2.5 million for the Shorehaven Boulevard junction with Marmion Avenue in Alkimos.

“This is something I have been fighting hard for,” Mr Porter said.

“Over 400 people signed my petition to fix the intersection and today the Liberal Government has listened to these community concerns and has delivered.

“This crucial project will upgrade the intersection to improve traffic flow for the growing community, reduce congestion and minimise the risk of crashes.”

Marmion Avenue is a primary north-south route providing access to the growing northern suburbs of Perth.

The intersection of Marmion Avenue and Shorehaven Boulevard experiences congestion particularly during the morning and afternoon peak periods.