Road relief in sight

Gnangara Road’s dual carriageway section now extends from the Lord Street roundabout and past the Beechboro Road North-Gnangara Road intersection.

The upgrade cannot come soon enough for Perth commuters who voted the Gnangara Road and its intersection with Beechboro Road the most dangerous in WA for the past two years.

Before construction started in October 2014, there were also safety concerns at the intersection of Gnangara Road and Gaskell Avenue, where trucks access a sand quarry. An average of 25,000 cars per day use the major east-west transport route – far exceeding the capacity of a single lane carriageway.

Meanwhile, Lord Street – Ellenbrook’s other single-lane major access road – is used by about 20,000 cars per day.

The $1.12 billion Northlink project is expected to alleviate congestion issues around the area’s major growth suburbs, but will not be complete until mid-2019.

The City of Swan can now start stage two west of the Beechboro Road, between the Water Corporation pump station in Lexia Avenue and Alexander Drive.

The first step of the second stage is to build a westbound carriageway on the southern side of the existing road.

It also involves works on the Beechboro Road intersection and, as a result, Beechboro Road North will be closed from 8pm on Friday to the following Wednesday.

Vehicle access to Beechboro Road will be via the Hepburn Avenue roundabout.

Ellenbrook Ward councillor Cate McCullough said the community had followed the project with interest.

“This is a major arterial road and an important connection for people living in the area to access work and recreational opportunities,” she said. “We know people are keen to have this road upgraded and we are excited by the milestone of completion of stage one.”