Road-widen­ing works wel­comed


North Coast Times - - NEWS - Tyler Brown and Lucy Jarvis

WORKS have started on a $31 mil­lion project to widen Wan­neroo Road to a dual car­riage­way be­tween Joondalup Drive and Flynn Drive.

Fed­eral, state and lo­cal gov­ern­ment politi­cians gath­ered at the side of Wan­neroo Road in Car­ra­mar on Fri­day to turn sods for the project, aimed at re­liev­ing con- ges­tion in the north­ern sub­urbs.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said the Main Roads WA project, to­gether with two in­ter­change projects on Wan­neroo Road, would lead to safer, more ef­fi­cient jour­neys.

“This has been a big is­sue for the peo­ple of Wan­neroo and the whole area and what we’re see­ing over time is more peo­ple liv­ing in this cor­ri­dor,” she said.

“We’re see­ing in­creas­ing in­dus­trial traf­fic as we’re serv­ing the in­dus­trial lots.

“It’s also a key is­sue in re­la­tion to road safety and I know from po­lice in the area that this has been an area of key con­cern in re­la­tion to road safety, so hav­ing that dual car­riage­way will re­ally help in re­duc­ing risks.”

Pearce MHR Chris­tian Porter said the up­grade would re­move the bot­tle­neck that 26,000 ve­hi­cles ex­pe­ri­enced daily on Wan­neroo Road.

“The up­grade will also sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove safety and sup­port the on­go­ing de­vel­op­ment of Wan­neroo Road as a ma­jor north­south al­ter­na­tive to the Mitchell Free­way,” he said.

Mr Porter said it would pro­vide con­nec­tiv­ity for in­dus­try ser­vic­ing the ex­pand­ing Wan­gara and Neer­abup in­dus­trial ar­eas.

But­ler MLA John Quigley wel­comed the start of works, which he had ad­vo­cated for since a Mer­riwa man (72) died in a crash at the old Flynn Drive junc­tion in 2011.

“It’s the edge of my elec­torate and so many But­ler peo­ple use it as an al­ter­na­tive route,” he said.

“This is go­ing to make a big dif­fer­ence for peo­ple of But­ler trav­el­ling south.”

The road-widen­ing project is jointly funded by the fed­eral and state gov­ern­ments, which are con­tribut­ing $24.8 mil­lion and $6.2 mil­lion re­spec­tively.

Con­struc­tion on the in­ter­changes at Joondalup Drive are ex­pected to start in mid-2018 and at Ocean Reef Road in late 2018.

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