Hopes high for on-ramp

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

MICHAEL O’Brien has been wait­ing 30 years for the Man­ning Road free­way south­bound on-ramp to be built.

The Man­ning res­i­dent owns one of the prop­er­ties near the pro­posed ramp, which looks like it will be built in 2018/19 fol­low­ing an an­nounce­ment from the state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments.

“I re­mem­ber they men­tioned the ramp could be built soon back about 30 years ago, it was back when my fa­ther was alive; he was the one who built the flats,” he said.

“As a res­i­dent of Man­ning, I wel­come it be­ing built, it will help peo­ple save time and also ease con­ges­tion and make things safer.

“It was al­ways go­ing to hap­pen; I ex­pect the govern­ment to say it has been re­claimed and tell us the val­u­a­tion of the prop­erty.”

The ramp is ex­pected to cost $35 mil­lion, with the Fed­eral Govern­ment con­tribut­ing $28 mil­lion and the State Govern­ment con­tribut­ing the rest. Swan MHR Steve Irons said the Fed­eral Govern­ment was de­liv­er­ing its 2016 elec­tion com­mit­ment to de­liver fund­ing to build the Man­ning Road on-ramp.

“This is a pro­ject that has the uni­ver­sal sup­port of the com­mu­nity in Man­ning and will have a pos­i­tive im­pact on road safety and con­ges­tion along the Man­ning Road cor­ri­dor,” he said.

“Many res­i­dents have com­pleted my sur­veys call­ing for this im­por­tant piece of in­fra­struc­ture and we have been pur­su­ing this in the state and fed­eral par­lia­ments on be­half of the com­mu­nity.

“I’m proud to have played a role in fi­nally get­ting this on-ramp over the line and my fo­cus now will be on mak­ing sure con­struc­tion can be­gin as soon as pos­si­ble.”

South Perth MLA John McGrath fought for the ramp.

“When I first raised this is­sue in 2005, it re­ceived over­whelm­ing com­mu­nity sup­port,” he said.

“How­ever, while the Depart­ment of Trans­port iden­ti­fied it as an im­por­tant in­fra­struc­ture pro­ject, oth­ers seemed to be given pri­or­ity.”

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek

Man­ning free­way ex­its.

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