Wanneroo Road flyover projects change shape

Drone image of intersection and bridge upgrade progress at Wanneroo Road and Joondalup Drive. Picture: David Baylis www.communitynews.com.au d497063
Drone image of intersection and bridge upgrade progress at Wanneroo Road and Joondalup Drive. Picture: David Baylis www.communitynews.com.au d497063

BOTH Wanneroo Road flyover projects have gone through structural changes in the past week.

The Joondalup Drive project is taking shape following the installation of 16 bridge beams, weighing 120 tonnes, during last weekend’s intersection closure.

In the coming months, the deck will be installed on the bridge, which is expected to carry traffic from April.

An upgrade of the temporary roundabout at the intersection is due to follow that, with the $50 million project expected to finish in mid-2020.

Progress at Wanneroo Road and Ocean Reef Road. Picture: David Baylis

At the Ocean Reef Road project site, motorists are adjusting to using a temporary roundabout which initially caused delays following the November 21 traffic switch.

The roundabout will remain in place while the Wanneroo Road bridge is built over Ocean Reef Road, with the $65 million project due to finish in late 2020.

Local road upgrades are planned as part of the Joondalup Drive project, with work due to start in January on a roundabout at Cheriton Drive and modifications at the Burns Beach Road roundabout.

Traffic signals will be installed at the Clarkson Avenue-Wanneroo Road intersection to improve access into the Drovers business precinct.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the State Government made an election commitment to fix congestion issues and welcome the progress.

“Together with a new interchange at Ocean Reef Road and the new dual carriageway north of Joondalup Drive, we are progressively removing bottlenecks from Wanneroo Road,” she said.

“These works will provide safer, more efficient journeys for residents and commuters in our northern suburbs.”

Visit mainroads.wa.gov.au for more information.

Progress at Wanneroo Road and Joondalup Drive. Picture: David Baylis