Airport road network lobby
CHIEF executives from the cities of Belmont, Swan and the Shire of Kalamunda were in Canberra recently to lobby for better road networks at the Perth Airport.
The joint lobbying aimed to relay the eastern metropolitan area’s transport priorities ahead of the 2016 Budget announcement next month.
There were four joint lobbying items, including widening Great Eastern Highway to six lanes between Tonkin Highway and the Great Eastern Highway Bypass.
This would continue on the work from the western section of the highway, which was widened to six lanes several years ago.
The undivided section of Great Eastern Highway carries up to 50,000 vehicles per day.
Belmont chief executive Stuart Cole said completing the dual carriageways of Abernethy Road between Dundas Road and the Bypass was also a priority for Federal funding.
It would include the widening of the bridge to a dual carriageway over the railway line.
Currently, Abernethy Road carries 19,000 vehicles per day yet it is projected by 2031 to support 28,000 per day.
Slightly further to the east, the local governments also want overpasses to be built on Roe Highway at the intersections of Kalamunda Road and the Great Eastern Highway Bypass.
Another future project is the extension of Abernethy Road to Lloyd Street in Midland from the Great Eastern Bypass to Great Eastern Highway, and includes a bridge over the Helena River.