SUMMER rain caused delays in construction of the Wanneroo Road and Joondalup Drive intersection upgrade.
Main Roads spokesman Dean Roberts said work to extend turning lanes at the intersection as part of the Mitchell Freeway extension project started last September and was to finish in March.
“It has taken longer than expected, with work progress particularly influenced by heavy rainfall experienced in January and February at a critical stage of the layered road building process,” he said.
“Works associated with services authorities also contributed to the delay.”
The upgrades are now expected to be finished in line with the freeway opening, scheduled for June or July, dependent on weather.
There have also been delays with the Wanneroo Road dual carriageway between Flynn Drive and Hall Road, due to open in mid-June.
Politicians pay visit to Mitchell Freeway extension works
FEDERAL politicians toured the Mitchell Freeway extension construction site last week.
Urban Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher joined local MPs, Moore MHR Ian Goodenough and Pearce MHR Christian Porter, on the May 17 site tour.
“We drove up the Mitchell Freeway extension from Burns Beach Road to Hester Avenue, then Neerabup Road to Wanneroo Road with Main Roads staff,” Mr Goodenough said.
“Next we caught the train from Currambine to Butler, then drove to the site of the future Yanchep train station near the Yanchep Central shopping centre.
“Finally, we drove to the intersection of Joondalup Drive and Wanneroo Road which is due to be grade separated, passing along the stretch of Wanneroo that is to be widened to dual carriageway.”
The freeway extension from Burns Beach Road to Hester Avenue, including east-west links, is expected to open in June or July.