Ex­tra lanes for free­way, says Bar­nett

Wanneroo Times - - News - Laura Pond

PRE­MIER Colin Bar­nett has an­nounced the Gov­ern­ment will build ad­di­tional lanes on the Mitchell Free­way from Hodges Drive if re-elected in March.

He said it would spend $114 mil­lion cre­at­ing up to 17km of south­bound free­way lanes be­tween Hodges Drive and Vin­cent Street.

It would re­sult in three con­tin­u­ous lanes be­tween Hodges Drive and Reid High­way and four con­tin­u­ous lanes from Reid High­way to Vin­cent Street.

“Peo­ple trav­el­ling to­wards the city in morn­ing peak hour know that Mitchell Free­way is par­tic­u­larly con­gested due to bot­tle­necks cre­ated from traf­fic lanes be­ing forced to merge at three places along the free­way,” he said.

“When fin­ished there will be up to 17km of ad­di­tional lanes which will greatly re­duce con­ges­tion dur­ing this peak pe­riod, mean­ing im­proved travel times for road users. “

Work would start on the pro­ject in April and was sched­uled for com­ple­tion in late 2019.

It would be funded us­ing sav­ings from joint Com­mon­wealth and State trans­port projects, in­clud­ing $76.3 mil­lion re­al­lo­cated from NorthLink WA. Trans­port Min­is­ter Bill Marmion said con­struc­tion was ex­pected to cre­ate up to 455 jobs and be­lieved it would have a big im­pact on north­ern sub­urbs fam­i­lies.

“Mitchell Free­way caters for some of the high­est traf­fic de­mands in Perth, with up to 190,000 ve­hi­cles per day,” he said.

Op­po­si­tion trans­port spokes­woman Rita Saf­fi­oti said La­bor would con­sider the an­nounce­ment and noted it had al­ready com­mit­ted $125 mil­lion to up­grade Wan­neroo Road to re­duce north­ern sub­urbs traf­fic con­ges­tion.

That com­prises $30 mil­lion for a dual car­riage­way from Joon­dalup to Flynn drives and $95 mil­lion to build over­passes at the Joon­dalup Drive and Ocean Reef Road in­ter­sec­tions.

“We have also com­mit­ted $60 mil­lion to the Stephen­son Av­enue pro­ject to re­lieve pres­sure around Cedric Street,” she said.

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