A long jour­ney to

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for this and the grade sep­a­ra­tion projects. I have raised these is­sues in par­lia­ment and it is re­ward­ing to see the Fed­eral Govern­ment agree­ing to fund these key road projects.”

Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard said widen­ing the road was an im­por­tant lo­cal is­sue, and as a po­lice of­fi­cer, he had at­tended two fa­tal crashes on that sec­tion of road.

“There have been too many fa­tal­i­ties up there,” he said.

The State Govern­ment ex­pects the $31 mil­lion project to cre­ate about 175 jobs, and Mr Good­e­nough said it would im­prove ac­cess to the Neer­abup in­dus­trial area.

Ms Saf­fi­oti said the other two projects on Wan­neroo Road – build­ing over­passes at Joon­dalup Drive and Ocean Reef Road – would start in 2018-19, cost­ing $50 mil­lion and $65 mil­lion re­spec­tively.

“We al­ways said this needed a proper in­ter­change – as you can see, the con­ges­tion is an is­sue,” she said.

The min­is­ter said ad­dress­ing con­ges­tion on east-west links was im­por­tant be­cause the pop­u­la­tion was grow­ing rapidly in east­ern suburbs such as Banksia Grove.

Pre­mier Mark McGowan said the aim was to put in the best in­fra­struc­ture pos­si­ble over time.

“This in­ter­sec­tion here is shock­ing,” Mr McGowan said.

Work to widen Wan­neroo Road north of Joon­dalup Drive is ex­pected to start in mid-2017.

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