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Major Perth thoroughfares set for revamp

  • Posted on Tuesday 12th, March 2019.

Construction has commenced on a major upgrade of the interchange at Wanneroo Road and Ocean Reef Road north of Perth.

The contract to widen a four-kilometre stretch of the Reid Highway between Altone Road and West Swan Road north-east of the city has also been awarded.

Jointly funded by the Federal and Western Australian Governments, both projects are part of the $2.3 billion ‘boosting jobs, busting congestion’ package of works announced in April 2017 and are expected to remove two traffic congestion hotspots and improve road safety across Perth’s growing north-eastern suburbs.

The $64.8 million Wanneroo Road-Ocean Reef Road interchange will improve north-south connectivity, while the $77.5 million Reid Highway widening will boost east-west road connections.

According to the Federal Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population, Alan Tudge, the two projects will bolster the ‘congestion-busting’ solutions for Perth motorists, and get people home sooner and safer.

“The Wanneroo Road and Ocean Reef Road Interchange is one of three Wanneroo Road projects worth a total of $146 million to keep the north-eastern suburbs moving," he said, adding that the interchange project would boost employment, with 350 jobs expected to be created, while the Reid Highway widening is estimated to create a further 400 positions.

According to Western Australian Minister for Transport and Planning, Rita Saffioti, “Both of these projects were key McGowan Government election commitments that we are pleased to be delivering in partnership with the Australian Government”.

“This part of Reid Highway is one of the last remaining sections of single-carriageway highway in the entire Perth metropolitan area, so we are proud to be finally upgrading it,” she said.

The Federal Member for Moore, Ian Goodenough, said historically the Wanneroo Road-Ocean Reef Road intersection has been one of the most congested in the metropolitan area, ranked Perth’s 13th most congested in the 2017 Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) Report.

“It is pleasing to see a project I campaigned for 15 years ago whist a local government councillor at the City of Wanneroo finally being delivered,” said Goodenough.

Congestion at the intersection has led to a concerning safety record, with 197 crashes recorded between 2013 and 2017, including 167 rear-end collisions.

Construction of the Wanneroo Road-Ocean Reef Road interchange is expected to be complete in late-2020.

Meanwhile, Decmil Southern Pty Ltd has been awarded the contract to design and construct the 4km dual-carriageway section of Reid Highway between Altone Road and West Swan Road in Perth’s north-eastern suburbs.

The contract is the first major road project to be delivered under the WA Industry Participation Strategy, meaning the tenderer was required to outline its plan to guarantee local work.

Construction is expected to start in mid-2019 following a period of detailed design and is expected to be completed in mid-2020.

In other news, at the start of the month, a consortium of property developers and investors launched an industrial estate in Perth, the Roe Highway Logistics Park (RHLP).

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