Shared upgrade approach
A NEW principal shared path (PSP) including two underpasses will be built from Hutton Street to Glendalough station as part of the Mitchell Freeway widening project.
The State Government said work on the $40 million Mitchell Freeway project, which involves adding a lane between Cedric and Vincent streets, would start within months.
It will be jointly funded by the State ($8 million) and Commonwealth ($32 million). Transport Minister Rita Saffioti followed the announcement by confirming the State would build the $19 million, 2km PSP from Hutton Street to Glendalough station at the same time as the freeway upgrade to avoid further traffic disruptions.
“The PSP is funded by the State, but we’ve combined the work in to the contract with the road widening,” Ms Saffioti said.
“The cycling community came to us and said the focus has to be on the PSP network because in a lot of areas it’s difficult to ride, there’s significant congestion or the path just ends.”
As part of the upgrade, two intersection crossings will be removed and replaced with an off-road, continuous path.
The section between the Glendalough Station footbridge and Roberts Street will feature a separated facility for riders and walkers on the PSP network, which will include a 4mwide path for riders and a 2m-wide path for walkers.
Detailed designs for the PSP, which will cater for high pedestrian movements to the train station, as well as people riding to work, the city and attractions including Lake Monger and Herdsman Lake, will be presented to the Construction Reference Group in early 2019 before being finalised.
Two underpasses will be built at Hutton Street either side of the freeway.
There will be a new bridge built at Scarborough Beach Road.
Balcatta MLA David Michael and Planning Minister Rita Saffioti.