Air­port road net­work lobby

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

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.

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