Companies sought to design and build Mitchell Freeway extension

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MOTORISTS have a three-year wait until they can start driving on the $215 million Mitchell Freeway extension to Alkimos.

The State Government is seeking expressions of interest from industry to design and build the 5.6km extension from Hester Avenue to Romeo Road and associated connections.

Construction is expected to start in late 2020 and take about two years to complete, creating 1200 jobs.

The project will include finishing the Hester Avenue interchange, building another interchange at Lukin Drive and building Romeo Road between Marmion Avenue and Wanneroo Road.

It will also include building a rail tunnel for the train line at Butler station, widening Wanneroo Road from Romeo Road to Trian Road, a shared path for cyclists and pedestrians, noise walls, street lights and safety barriers.

It is being built to meet the needs of the growing population in Yanchep, Alkimos and Eglinton, which has increased from about 3000 people in 2006 to about 30,000 and is expected to reach about 118,000 people by 2031, according to the State Government.

Construction is expected to take two years, starting late 2020, subject to all environmental and heritage approvals.

Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the project would help create more jobs, with about 1200 anticipated in construction.

WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the project would alleviate pressure on the local road network and provide better road connections for the growing population in the north coast corridor.

“The project will provide employment opportunities for local workers and businesses, along with encouraging Aboriginal employment and engaging Aboriginal businesses,” she said.

“An industry briefing will take place to help local businesses understand the procurement process and help us to understand local capacity and capability to ensure local companies are well-placed to take up the opportunities presented by this project.”

Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton, Transport Minister Rita Saffioti and Main Roads project director Chris Raykos.

Butler MLA John Quigley said it was part of a series of road improvements, including widening Marmion Avenue.

“These major works will accompany the Metronet Yanchep Rail Extension, which will set the foundation for how our northern suburb communities grow for decades to come,” he said.

“The freeway extension will also have a principal shared path, meaning more residents will have the option to travel by bike or on foot.”

Ms Saffioti said having the rail and freeway extensions built at the same time could reduce costs, with soil extracted for the rail line likely to be used as fill for the road project.

Asked which project would finish first, she said it was not known as the rail contract was still being finalised.

The project is jointly funded, with the Federal Government matching the State contribution of $107.5 million.

Pearce MHR Christian Porter said the community had fought hard for the project.

“It’s fantastic to see it taking shape,” he said.

“Our northern suburbs are growing at a rapid rate so it’s critical we invest in infrastructure that supports that growth.”

Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton said it would mean the rural areas of Carabooda, Nowergup and Neerabup would also be connected to the northern coastal corridor, the train line, schools and shops.

“Additionally through this project we are fixing a very dangerous portion of Wanneroo Road at the intersection of Romeo Road (and Karoborup Road),” she said.

“Residents will be really relieved that we are upgrading that deadly intersection.”

Ms Winton said there was no need to connect Lukin Drive from the freeway to Wanneroo Road, cutting through Neerabup National Park, as Romeo Road and Hester Avenue would provide adequate east-west links.

Ms Saffioti said the EOI process would also determine whether the project could include widening Wanneroo Road between Romeo and Nowergup roads.

She said future planning would look at whether the freeway was extended farther north, but this project was just to Romeo Road.

Main Roads held initial consultation on the project in September and plans to set up a community reference group next year.

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