THE State Government has named a preferred contractor for the Wanneroo Road and Joondalup Drive interchange as residents continue objections to the $50 million project.
Following a competitive tender process, CPB Contractors will partner with Main Roads WA to deliver the project over 18 months, starting early site works such as surveying in August.
Residents have highlighted ongoing concerns with the project in recent email exchanges with Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton and the City of Wanneroo.
“Council, local residents, local schools and local business concerns have been raised by the community, with a focus on the impacts to local roads and community safety,” resident Barry McEloney said.
Resident Mark Carruthers said traffic on Joondalup Drive was likely to decrease when the proposed Whiteman-Yanchep highway was built.
Mr Carruthers suggested an overpass at the Neerabup Road-Wanneroo Road-Flynn Drive intersection would make more sense.
Ms Winton said while she disagreed and there was a need for the Joondalup Drive overpass, she would work to find solutions and mitigate the impacts on residents.
During a grievance last month and in emails, the MP said the City had been advocating for the interchange.
At last night’s council meeting, councillor Paul Miles asked for clarity on the City’s position.
Assets director Harminder Singh said the council had asked Main Roads for business cases for several projects, including a grade separation at the intersection, in 2014.
However, Mr Singh said the City narrowed down which projects should be prioritised in 2016 through its Connect Wanneroo campaign following public consultation,
The interchange was not among the four included in that advocacy campaign, with the focus instead on the rail extension to Yanchep, Mitchell Freeway extension to Romeo Road, widening Wanneroo Road and widening Flynn Drive.
In a project update today, Main Roads said there were vacancies on the community liaison group, which will become a construction reference group in September.
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