TRAFFIC congestion in Ellenbrook and surrounding suburbs will be further improved by plans to duplicate Reid Highway between Altone and and West Swan roads.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti made the announcement this week that $70 million would be allocated to carry out the final duplication, which along with the construction of the New Lord Street would improve congestion for people living in Ellenbrook and the Swan Valley.
Ms Saffioti said the upgrade of this section had been the missing piece of the puzzle for the north-eastern suburbs road network.
“The Northlink project already includes the duplication of Reid Highway between Altone and Beechboro Roads, meaning the entire length of the highway dual-carriageway upgrade is fully funded between the two projects,” she said.
Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright said the City had been advocating for the upgrade of the congested road for more than five years.
“The latest traffic figures provided by Main Roads WA show that over 30,000 vehicles per day use this road and this number is expected to grow as the residential areas of Ellenbrook, Aveley, Brabham, Caversham and Dayton grow also,” he said.
“Reid Highway is also considered a dangerous road, with the loss seven lives due to head-on collisions in recent years, so it is hoped this upgrade will also help to improve road safety.”