Road upgrades for Middle Swan

City of Swan Mayor Charlie Zannino.
City of Swan Mayor Charlie Zannino.

THE notorious intersection of Bishop Road and Great Northern Highway in Middle Swan is in line for a major upgrade starting in the 2016-17 financial year.

The City of Swan is finalising its plans for the works, which will include a dual lane roundabout at the intersection and upgrading Bishop Road to a dual carriageway between Great Northern Highway and Lloyd Street.

Jim Coten from the City of Swan said a detailed cost estimate was not available yet but design costs, utility relocations and the construction was expected to be around $2 million.

“This large project is still at the design and planning stage,” he said.

“It is anticipated service relocations, which are very complex, will be done largely in the 2016/17 financial year. Following service relocation works, we will start construction.”

The current intersection forces southbound motorists to form one lane just before Bishop Road, where heavy traffic is waiting to turn right.

There were 17 crashes at the site between January, 2006, and December, 2010. There are also congestion issues on Bishop Road.