DUAL lanes will be created along Wanneroo Road from Joondalup to Flynn drives after the State Government today announced $30 million for the project.
Transport Minister Bill Marmion said it would address congestion, road safety and transport efficiency in the area, as well as generate up to 200 direct and indirect jobs.
“The City of Wanneroo’s population is expected to grow by 20 I per cent over the next five years, which requires the provision of safe, efficient and sustainable infrastructure to connect local residents to vital services,” he said.
“Driver safety will be significantly improved through the extended separation of northbound and southbound carriageways with two lanes in each direction.
“The extra lanes will also address congestion and transport efficiency demands, and works will include traffic signals at the Carramar Road/Wanneroo Road intersection and noise walls on the east side between Carramar Road and Joondalup Drive.”
Opposition transport spokeswoman Rita Saffioti said Labor welcomed the funding commitment and it strengthened its belief that overpasses were needed at the intersections of Wanneroo Road and Joondalup Drive and Wanneroo and Ocean Reef roads.
“WA Labor supports this project as it is one of the missing links in respect to Wanneroo Road and is an integral part of our plan to improve connectivity to the Neerabup industrial estate,” she said.
“While we welcome the funding, the ad hoc approach to transport planning has to stop.
“The overall plan for Wanneroo Road needs to include the two overpasses along Wanneroo Road, at Joondalup Drive and Ocean Reef Road.”
The City of Wanneroo has advocated for the dual carriageway for several years, with its 2013 and 2015 requests for State Government funding rejected.
Construction of the project is expected to start towards the end of 2017.