$50m Wanneroo Road-Joondalup Drive interchange: Liza Harvey says project not necessary

Liza Harvey with people opposed to the interchange.
Liza Harvey with people opposed to the interchange.

DEBATE about the $50 million Wanneroo Road-Joondalup Drive interchange arose in State Parliament this month.

Opposition deputy leader Liza Harvey raised a grievance on behalf of residents opposed to the project in parliament on May 10.

Mrs Harvey said residents felt they had not been heard by the State Government and the project was not necessary as congestion had eased at the intersection, which currently has traffic signals.

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“A lot of the congestion through the intersection has been alleviated because northbound commuters now exit the (Mitchell) freeway at a different point,” she said.

In her response to the grievance, Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said road projects caused concern in communities but the project was necessary to avoid future traffic mayhem.

“I accept that the freeway extension has reduced traffic through the (intersection), but we have been advised that if we do not build this interchange, it will create massive congestion issues in a short period,” she said.

“Because suburbs to the east are expanding, people will continually be using that intersection.

“We have to make sure that we think about not only today but also the next 10 years.”

Earlier this year, North Metropolitan MLC Tjorn Sibma presented a petition with almost 800 signatures to the Upper House asking the State Government to halt the project.

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