$57m to include an extra lane in Graham Farmer Freeway tunnel; build additional lane on Mitchell Freeway northbound from Graham Farmer Freeway to Hutton Street; widen traffic bridges over Powis St, Vincent St and Scarborough Beach Rd; and build on ramp from Loftus Street exit of Mitchell Freeway
Help accommodate impact of Perth Waterfront and other major projects
Works will begin soon to accommodate a third traffic lane in the Graham Farmer Freeway tunnel and increase lane capacity on the Mitchell Freeway.
Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the works worth $57million would provide an alternative east-west route for CBD traffic; adjust merging arrangements on to Mitchell Freeway; and redirect traffic exiting at Vincent and Powis streets to manage the impact of major projects such as the Perth Waterfront development.
“This Government is overseeing the most significant transformation of the CBD in decades and it is inevitable that key redevelopment projects such as the Perth Waterfront, Perth City Link and Riverside will change the way traffic moves in the city,” Mr Buswell said.
“The State Government is planning accordingly to develop transport solutions to improve the operation of the CBD road network and address the challenge of Perth’s increasing population.
“Perth Waterfront is one of the most significant developments in Australia and will see Riverside Drive realigned to allow traffic to flow into Barrack and William streets.
“Although traffic will still flow around the development, traffic modelling on the impact of the diversion on Graham Farmer Freeway indicates an additional 14,500 vehicles per day will be redirected through the tunnel, and it is the intention that work on the tunnel will be complete and operational before Riverside Drive is diverted.”
Beginning this month, Main Roads would consult with the road construction industry about procurement options to deliver the works, set to be completed within the next two years.
Treasurer Christian Porter said associated work would include increased lane capacity on to Mitchell Freeway to two lanes at the existing northbound merge point; the widening of Mitchell Freeway traffic bridges over Powis and Vincent streets and Scarborough Beach Road; and construction of an on-ramp from the Loftus Street exit on to Mitchell Freeway.
“With a growing population, the Government is conscious of the need to ease congestion constraints on our roads and build capacity for our future,” Mr Porter said.
“The funds being set aside in the 2012-13 State Budget for this project is in addition to $30million provided in last year’s Budget to widen the northbound carriageway of the Mitchell Freeway between Hepburn Avenue and Hodges Drive and the $241million the Liberal-National Government has provided to build the northern suburbs rail extension to Butler.”
Works on Graham Farmer Freeway tunnel begin in July 2012 and are expected to be finished by May 2013, with the additional freeway works to be completed by November 2013.
- Other major works committed to by the Liberal-National Government to address traffic congestion and improve public transport in metropolitan Perth include:
- $241m - northern suburbs rail extension to Butler
- $164m - purchase of an additional 15 three-car train sets
- $89m - Tonkin Highway, Leach Highway to Roe Highway
- $50m - 3,000 additional car parking bays on the Joondalup & Mandurah rail lines
- $38.5m - Great Eastern Highway to Roe Highway interchange
- $35m - major upgrade of Great Eastern Highway - Kooyong to Tonkin
- $30m - Reid Highway-Mirrabooka Avenue interchange
- $30m - Mitchell Freeway, Hepburn Avenue to Hodges Drive (northbound additional lane)
- $29m - Kwinana Freeway third lane (Leach Highway to Roe Highway)
- $15m - major upgrade to the South Street-Murdoch Drive intersection
- $8m - Tonkin Highway, Abernethy Road on-ramp 158 buses to accommodate the roll out of additional bus service kilometres of 3.3 million in 2011-12 incrementally increasing to 15.2 million pa from 2015-16 onwards
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