EXPRESSIONS of interest for the $64.8 million Wanneroo Road-Ocean Reef Road interchange project opened this week.
The project forms part of the $2.3 billion Commonwealth-State infrastructure package and aims to reduce congestion by building a bridge at the intersection, traffic signalised on and off ramps, improving drainage and the realigning paths and pedestrian crossings.
It will complement the widening of Wanneroo Road to Flynn Drive that is under construction and the upgrade of the intersection at Wanneroo Road and Joondalup Drive, which is currently being planned.
“The intersection is heavily congested during peak periods, which not only affects journey reliability but has also increased crash rates,” Federal Urban Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher said.
“The new grade separation at the intersection will tackle these issues.”
WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the three upgrades to Wanneroo Road would be integral to the growing northern suburbs communities.
“Traffic volumes on both Wanneroo and Ocean Reef roads are expected to grow rapidly as Perth’s northern suburbs continue expanding,” she said.
“Upgrading the intersection will relieve pressure on the existing road network and create more efficiency, which in turn, will support economic activity in the area.
“These Wanneroo Road upgrades, along with the Metronet rail extension to Yanchep, will ensure the northern suburbs will have the right transport infrastructure to match its growth.”
The Federal Government has committed $51.84 million to deliver the $64.8 million project in partnership with the State Government, and construction is expected to start in late 2018, with completion due in late 2019.