THE Wanneroo Road-Joondalup Drive intersection will close for more than two days in early June for works to replace traffic signals with a temporary roundabout. UPDATE, May 31: Weekend closure delayed – read more here.
Main Roads has confirmed the intersection will be closed to traffic and pedestrians from 7pm on Friday, June 7 to 5am on Monday, June 10 as part of the interchange project.
A newsletter being distributed this week said the second stage of construction was due to start following the weekend closure.
It said the closure would allow work crews to safely relocate all barriers and replace existing traffic signals with a temporary roundabout.
The closure will affect surrounding roads, with parts of Wanneroo Road and Joondalup Drive closed to vehicles apart from local traffic.
There will be detours in place, guiding motorists to use Pinjar Road, Flynn Drive and the Mitchell Freeway instead.
Main Roads advised there would be minor changes to cyclist and pedestrian detours in the area and the closure would affect several bus routes.
It said right turn access between Joondalup Drive and St Stephens Crescent would close permanently for safety reasons, as would right turn access at Drovers Place.
“Access to Drovers business precinct will be via Joondalup Drive or Wanneroo Road,” it said.
“The week leading up to the weekend closure may include some night works to install new barriers along Joondalup Drive in between Burns Beach Road roundabout and Wanneroo Road.”
Main Roads spokesman Dean Roberts said there would be extensive communication about the closure from May 20, including a newsletter to 10,000 homes, newspaper adverts, information for businesses, radio updates and Facebook posts closer to the time.
“During the closure, over 30 variable message boards will be located around detour routes,” he said.
“Further similar weekend traffic disruptions will be required for the bridge beam installations and completion of the permanent roundabout, however, the details and full impacts of these activities are still to be confirmed.”
The second stage of the project will focus on building the bridge and associated works, including ramps in the middle of Joondalup Drive which will be 260m long on the west side of the intersection and 135m long on the east side.
Construction will also include bridge beams, piers, noise walls, pavements and asphalt.
Asked whether there would be similar closures during the Wanneroo Road-Ocean Reef Road interchange project, Mr Roberts said construction staging and traffic shift details were being worked through.
“More details, including whether a road closure is required, will only be known once temporary intersection and its connection details are finalised,” he said.
“The community and local businesses will be advised in advance of the traffic changes.”