Businesses briefed on freeway works


From top left: Chris Raykos  from Main Roads WA gives an update on the Mitchell Freeway extension. Pictures: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au   d450915
From top left: Chris Raykos from Main Roads WA gives an update on the Mitchell Freeway extension. Pictures: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d450915

Wanneroo Business Association hosted the event, which featured a panel consisting of Main Roads project director Chris Raykos, CPB Contractors (formerly Leighton Contractors) project manager Stephen Nicolay and City of Wanneroo assets director Harminder Singh.

Mr Raykos told members about upcoming works, including the building of bridges at the Burns Beach and Neerabup roads and Hester Avenue interchanges.

He said two lanes were being constructed along the 6km extension, with the capacity for an additional lane in each direction, and they were also “busily doing earthworks” on the Neerabup Road extension to Wanneroo Road.

“The connection will have a signalised intersection to improve the safety aspects of that road,” he said.

The Wanneroo Road and Joondalup Drive intersection would also be upgraded as part of the project.

“You’re probably aware that intersection gets hammered in the morning and has a build-up of traffic,” he said.

He said the right turn pockets were “not adequate” so would be extended and right and left turn lanes entering Wanneroo Road would be added.

“These improvements will certainly help the situation there,” he said. “And some of the traffic using it will get off at freeway further north.”

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said the extension was “a long time in the making” but was disappointed it would not continue to Romeo Road.

“It will undo all the good work in the area and it will fail,” she said. “It’s going to be an absolute log jam.”

She said she and chief executive Daniel Simms met with the Premier early last week and the City was working on an advocacy strategy.

Mr Raykos said funds had not been provided for the additional work.