Mitchell Freeway extends its reach

Weekender photographer Martin Kennealey, who was granted special access to tour the Mitchell Freeway extension project, took this picture of a train weaving through cleared bushland north of Burns Beach Road. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au   d444264
Weekender photographer Martin Kennealey, who was granted special access to tour the Mitchell Freeway extension project, took this picture of a train weaving through cleared bushland north of Burns Beach Road. Picture: Martin Kennealey        www.communitypix.com.au d444264

WORK continues on the Mitchell Freeway extension after construction started in May.

Bush has been removed and earthworks are well under way, with about 20,000 tonnes of material being moved per day to establish the freeway’s finished levels.

Main Roads spokesman Chris Raykos said the extension to Hester Avenue was on schedule for its mid-2017 opening.

“The project has got off to an excellent start with progress very visible on the ground,” he said.

Major construction works have increased this month around Burns Beach Road in Kinross and Clarkson train station.

Mr Raykos said 600,000 tonnes of material had been moved, with about 3.5 million tonnes, the equivalent of 700 Olympic-sized swimming pools, to be moved by the end of construction.

“There are approximately 10 articulated dump trucks operating across the project area each day,” he said.

“These trucks can carry up to 40 tonnes of material per load.”

The vegetation removed to accommodate the project has been mulched and the mulch will be treated onsite to make it suitable for use in the re-vegetation at project completion.

The project has also had fencing installed between Neerabup National Park and the freeway alignment to prevent fauna moving into the work area.

FREEWAY WORKS SCHEDULE

– Construction expected to start later this year on the new four-lane Hester Avenue bridge and Neerabup Road bus underpass.

– Design process started on noise walls in consultation with the Construction Reference Group.

– Work starts late this year on almost 5km of walls will be installed in the road reserve between freeway and housing residential properties at a minimum height of 2.4m. Installation will begin late this year to early 2016 and affected residents will be contacted soon.