Carramar: Works start on Wanneroo Rd dual carriageway between Joondalup and Flynn drives

Politician and officials turn the first sods for the Wanneroo Road widening project. Picture: Tyler Brown
Politician and officials turn the first sods for the Wanneroo Road widening project. Picture: Tyler Brown

WORKS have started on a $31 million project to widen Wanneroo Road to a dual carriageway between Joondalup Drive and Flynn Drive.

Federal, State and local government politicians gathered at the side of Wanneroo Road in Carramar today to turn sods for the project aimed to help relieve congestion in the northern suburbs.

WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the project, together with two interchange projects on Wanneroo Road, would lead to safer, more efficient journeys.

“It will also support the expansion of the industrial corridor in Perth’s north, which will help with job creation and new business opportunities,” she said.

“The delivery of each project will be carefully co-ordinated by Main Roads in partnership with the local community to minimise disruption to our road network during the period of the works.”

She said it was the first of 17 projects to be rolled out over the coming months and next year.

“It’s about more jobs for WA, reducing congestion and delivering a key election commitment,” she said.

“This has been a big issue for the people of Wanneroo and the whole area and what we’re seeing over time is more people living in this corridor and increasing industrial traffic.

“It’s also a key issue in relation to road safety and I know from police in the area that this has been an area of key concern so having that dual carriageway will really help in reducing risks.”

Pearce MHR Christian Porter said the upgrade would remove the bottleneck that 26,000 vehicles experienced daily on Wanneroo Road.

“The upgrade will also significantly improve safety and support the ongoing development of Wanneroo Road as a major north-south alternative to the Mitchell Freeway,” he said.

“It will cater for the increasing volumes of traffic generated by the growing population in Perth’s north-west metropolitan corridor and provide efficient connectivity for industry servicing the expanding Wangara and Neerabup industrial parks.”

Butler MLA John Quigley welcomed the start of works, which he had advocated for since a Merriwa man (72) died in a crash the old Flynn Drive junction in 2011.

“It’s the edge of my electorate and so many Butler people use it as an alternative route,” he said.

“This is going to make a big difference for people of Butler travelling south.”

The road widening project is jointly funded by the Australian Government, which is contributing $24.8 million, and the State Government, which is contributing $6.2 million.

Construction on the interchanges at Joondalup Drive expected to start mid-2018 and at Ocean Reef Road in late 2018.

 

 

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