WA road safety works support road train operations

A new accessway at a road train assembly area is just one of several infrastructure improvements going ahead in the Upper Swan.

Work will soon commence on two highway projects in Upper Swan and Wooroloo that is expected to ease congestion, improve safety and support around 180 jobs.

A new roundabout will be constructed on Great Northern Highway at the intersection of Apple Street and Coondaree Parade in Upper Swan.

The project will also include realigning the existing intersection, improvements to drainage and street lighting, new pedestrian and cycling facilities, and a new accessway for heavy vehicles at the Apple Street Road Train Assembly Area.

The $14 million project is jointly funded by the Federal Government, State Government and third-party stakeholders (Satterley Property Group, City of Swan and BGC) and will improve travel times and road safety at the intersection, increase connectivity in the area with a cyclist lane, cater for various heavy vehicle movements, and improve drainage.

WBHO Infrastructure Pty Ltd will undertake the works, which are expected to be completed in the first half of 2022.

Work will also be undertaken to realign two kilometres of Great Eastern Highway in Wooroloo – used by more than 7,000 vehicles a day – which will eliminate three substandard curves, help reduce the risk of crashes and improve safety.

Work will be completed by Decmil Southern Pty Ltd with the new section of highway to include a painted median to provide better separation between traffic, as well as wider sealed shoulders and safety barriers.

The project also includes a new connection to Old Northam Road, upgrades to Wooroloo Prison Farm access road and the addition of left and right-turn pockets at both intersections.

The $14.4 million project is jointly funded by the State and Commonwealth Governments and is anticipated to be completed in the first half of 2022.