THREE companies have received invitations to submit proposals for a $64.8 million project to address congestion at Wanneroo and Ocean Reef roads.
The Federal Government has committed $51.8 million to fund the $64.8 million project, with remainder funded by the State Government, which expects to award a contract in late 2018.
WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the State Government had invited John Holland, Laing O’Rourke Australia Construction and WBHO Infrastructure-SRG Joint Venture to submit proposals to design and build the interchange following a six-week expression of interest period late last year.
“The request for proposals for this important project is a significant milestone in our plan to tackle congestion in Perth’s northern suburbs,” she said.
Federal Urban Infrastructure and Cities Minister Paul Fletcher said the project would support 350 jobs and would “future-proof” the northern suburbs road network.
“We are planning ahead for the traffic growth that will come from the residential and industrial development in this area,” he said.
Moore MHR Ian Goodenough said the construction of the bridge, with on and off-ramps managed by traffic signals, would improve traffic flow at the intersection.
“In February this year, we called for proposals for the Joondalup Drive section, which is progressing well,” he said.
“The two flyovers over Wanneroo Road combined with the widening north of Joondalup Drive will relieve a series of known bottlenecks and capacity issues on the Perth road network.
“Wanneroo Road carries high traffic volumes and the intersection at Ocean Reef Road ranks as one of the most congested in the Perth metropolitan area.”
Main Road WA recently advertised a ministerial order for land acquisition in the area to accommodate the road widening.