WORK to extend the Mitchell Freeway 5.6km to Alkimos will start next year.
The $215 million project from Hester Avenue to Romeo Road is expected to create 1200 jobs.
The project will cater for the population boom in Perth’s outer northern coastal suburbs, with the population in Yanchep, Alkimos and Eglinton growing from about 3000 people in 2006 to 30,000 now.
State Government population forecasts indicate the area will be home to about 118,000 people by 2031.
The freeway extension will include an interchange at Lukin Drive, completion of the Hester Avenue interchange and construction to connect Romeo Road with Marmion Avenue and Wanneroo Road.
Wanneroo Road will also be upgraded to a dual carriageway for 1.8 kilometres from Romeo Road to Trian Road in Carabooda.
A principal shared path is also planned on the western side of the freeway extension.
Work on the Metronet rail extension from Butler to Yanchep is due to start in late 2019 and a contract to widen Marmion Avenue was awarded this month.
UPDATE, March 20: Pearce MHR Christian Porter criticised the time taken to announce the start date, saying the Federal Government had secured $108 million for the Romeo Road extension last year, which led WA Labor to promise to provide the other half of the funding last April.
“They then broke that promise and now after 12 months of community pressure they are making the promise again,” he said.
Mr Porter said the next step was to get WA Labor to reverse their decision to scrap the widening of the Mitchell Freeway southbound between Hepburn Avenue and Hodges Drive.
Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton welcomed the upgrades to connect Romeo Road and Wanneroo Road.
“Nowergup, Carrabooda and Neerabup will finally be connected to Alkimos and Butler through the opening up of Romeo Road at the intersection with Wanneroo Road and Karoborup Road,” she said.
“We have long called for urgent upgrades to this dangerous intersection of Romeo Road, Karoborup Road and Wanneroo Road.
“Sadly we have seen a number of crashes, near misses and a recent fatality – this upgrade is long overdue.”