High­way up­grade on its way

Avon Valley Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

PLANS to elim­i­nate an­other con­ges­tion hot spot on Roe High­way have reached a ma­jor mile­stone, with calls for ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est to de­sign and build a grade-sep­a­rated in­ter­change at the Kala­munda Road in­ter­sec­tion with the high­way in Maida Vale.

Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Ur­ban In­fra­struc­ture and Cities Paul Fletcher said up­grades were crit­i­cal to en­sure ef­fi­cient move­ment through­out the city.

“This project is the lat­est in a se­ries of Aus­tralian Govern­ment­funded ini­tia­tives to re­move known pinch points on the Roe High­way fol­low­ing the suc­cess­ful de­liv­ery of Gate­way WA, the Roe High­way and Berk­shire Road in­ter­change and the Roe High­way Up­grade project be­tween Tonkin High­way and Or­rong Road,” he said.

“We look for­ward to see­ing this project sup­port­ing jobs and eco­nomic growth by im­prov­ing this key route in Perth’s north­east in terms of travel times, traf­fic flows, freight pro­duc­tiv­ity and re­li­a­bil­ity.”

WA Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said the project would re­move one of the last re­main­ing sig­nalised in­ter­sec­tions on Roe High­way be­tween Mid­land and Kwinana Free­way.

“Build­ing a grade- sep­a­rated in­ter­change at this lo­ca­tion, which fea­tures a higher- than- av­er­age in­ci­dence of rear- end and right- an­gle crashes, will im­prove safety by re­mov­ing the po­ten­tial for clashes be­tween turn­ing and through traf­fic,” she said.

Hasluck MHR Ken Wy­att said the new in­ter­change would im­prove traf­fic flow and re­duce lo­cal noise pol­lu­tion lev­els.

“It will re­duce stress for lo­cal com­muters and al­low them to spend more time with their fam­i­lies,” he said.

“The cur­rent con­cept de­sign will also pro­vide a big boost for pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists, with a shared path with lo­cal links, along with the new bridge, two round­abouts and on and of­framps.”

Con­struc­tion on the project is ex­pected to start in 2019 and be com­pleted in 2020, weather per­mit­ting. The $ 86 mil­lion project is jointly funded by the Fed­eral ($ 68.8 mil­lion) and State ($ 17.2 mil­lion) gov­ern­ments.

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