The 4km link from the Kwinana Freeway to Dixon Road will be Rockingham’s new entry road and provide a far better backdrop than the Kwinana Industrial Area, according to South Metropolitan Region MLC Phil Edman.
‘No more will people see smoke stacks while driving into Rockingham,’ he said.
The Courier had an exclusive look at the project, with bitumen now laid on some sections and the junction of Mundijong Road and Baldivis Road set to open next month, easing congestion for Baldivis commuters.
The full link will open in winter this year.
It is estimated about 4000 vehicles per day will use the road that will cut minutes off a trip from Rockingham to the freeway.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the link would also offer a safer route for freight access to the Kwinana Industrial Area away from homes.
‘It is likely to significantly reduce freight traffic and commercial vehicles along residential roads,’ he said.
Mr Edman said the entry road would highlight the beautiful bushland in Baldivis and lead people directly into Rockingham’s centre along Dixon Road.
‘It’ll be a great journey in for commuters coming to our region through Baldivis and it will make life much easier for residents who use the freeway to get to work or to the city,’ he said.
Cr Sammels said the road would be a tourism and business boost for the city, especially with increased traffic for business on Dixon Road.
‘This will have positive impacts for local business owners,’ he said.
‘Tourism operators could benefit from increased accessibility to the Rockingham area from the freeway.’
Clearing of vegetation to make way for the road caused concern among some residents, particularly about the habitats of endangered Carnaby’s black cockatoos.
However, several man-made roost boxes have been installed along the edge of the road to replace any bird hollows lost during construction.
About 35,000 seedlings, grown from seeds collected in the area, will be planted along the road verge.