Big­ger roll for funds at­ty­de­man Rd

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Com­mu­ni­tynews .com.au than the one at High Street at the end of the high­way be­cause there haven’t been any truck rollovers there re­cently, and al­though it’s not great, it func­tions quite well,” North Fre­man­tle Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion con­venor Ger­ard Macgill said.

WA Fed­eral Coali­tion Sen­a­tor Mathias Cor­mann an­nounced a $2.3 bil­lion in­fra­struc­ture deal for WA that shifted $1.2 bil­lion from the failed Perth Freight Link (PFL) to other projects.

The suite of funded con­struc­tion in­cludes a po­ten­tial $118 mil­lion up­grade of the sharp Stir­ling High­way-high Street in­ter­sec­tion in East Fre­man­tle, with work start­ing in 2018-19.

Up­grade plans for the in­ter­sec­tion south of Stir­ling Bridge pre-ex­isted the two-year con­tro­versy over the PFL.

But Mr Macgill said WA Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti needed to tackle the Ty­de­man Road in­ter­sec­tion first, where at least four trucks had rolled in re­cent years.

“If she isn’t fa­mil­iar with it, she should be made sharply aware soon,” he said.

He said Fre­man­tle Coun­cil had to lobby the State Govern­ment be­cause Ty­de­man Road would con­tinue to be a long-term route for port traf­fic even if a sec­ond port was built.

Last month, Fre­man­tle Mayor Brad Pet­tit floated the idea of do­ing a cheaper “$30 mil­lion to $40 mil­lion” ver­sion of the High Street in­ter­sec­tion.

He mooted us­ing part of the $118 mil­lion to im­prove the Ty­de­man Road in­ter­sec­tion and parts of Leach High­way.

“We don’t need a ‘Rolls Royce’ ver­sion’ and I would be look­ing to re­al­lo­cat­ing part of it to other parts of the port route,” Dr Pet­titt said.

In ad­di­tion to im­prov­ing the in­ter­sec­tions, a cheaper plan could also re­lease funds for safe carpark­ing at Leach High­way net­ball courts.

Dr Pet­titt is ex­pected to meet Ms Saf­fi­oti to dis­cuss the in­ter­sec­tions in com­ing weeks.

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