The intersection of Mitchell Freeway and Reid Highway in Hamersley will be upgraded to ease congestion and improve safety, Premier Colin Barnett announced today.
Mr Barnett said the State Government had approved funding of $5.2million for Main Roads WA’s interim plan to install traffic signals on all legs of the intersection and create double turning lanes to improve traffic efficiency.
“This intersection is becoming increasingly busy, particularly during peak periods,” he said.
“Double turning lanes will be created on the Mitchell Freeway northbound off-ramp and northbound on-ramp as well as the freeway’s southbound on-ramp.”
The Premier said these modifications would also reduce the incidence of ‘rat running’ where drivers used Duffy Road South to access Reid Highway from Mitchell Freeway.
Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the ultimate long-term solution for this intersection was to make Reid Highway a dual carriageway between Duffy Road and Erindale Road, and build a new traffic bridge across the Mitchell Freeway.
“Main Roads will continue planning work for consideration in future State Budgets,” Mr Buswell said.
The Minister acknowledged the efforts of Carine MLA Tony Krsticevic and his proactive approach in highlighting the important traffic issues facing the local community.
More than 27,000 vehicles per day travel through this intersection
Works northbound include: widening the Reid Highway east approach to accommodate a double right turn from Reid on to the Mitchell Freeway northbound on-ramp; widening the Mitchell Freeway northbound off-ramp to allow for a double left turn movement on to Reid Highway westbound and one right turn movement on to Reid Highway eastbound; lengthening the left turn pocket on the Reid Highway west approach at the Mitchell Freeway northbound on-ramp; upgrading the existing pedestrian/cycling facilities at the Mitchell freeway northbound on-ramp
Works southbound are still being developed
Other improvements to Reid Highway delivered or due to be delivered by the Liberal-National Government include construction of traffic bridges at Alexander Drive ($40m); Mirrabooka Avenue ($30m); $8m to install signals at the intersection at Lord Street and $2.1m for improvements to the Malaga Drive intersection
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