- Last of three new northern suburbs freeway overpasses installed this weekend
The third and final bridge beam installation associated with the $236 million extension of the Mitchell Freeway is underway and when complete, will create a new traffic interchange at Burns Beach Road.
Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the 24 heavy concrete beams - the heaviest which weighed up to 90 tonnes and the longest measuring 24.5 metres - were being lifted and positioned for a traffic bridge over Burns Beach Road. Several steel and concrete segments were also being installed to form a new pedestrian bridge.
"The installation is a major milestone in the delivery of this key transport infrastructure project, which is running on budget and ahead of schedule," Mr Nalder said.
"The Mitchell Freeway extension project involves extending the freeway by six kilometres from Burns Beach Road to Hester Avenue.
"This initiative will not only create more than 200 jobs at the construction peak, it will improve traffic flows and reduce congestion, and provide safer access for pedestrians and cyclists."
The project, which is jointly funded by the Australian and Liberal National governments, is expected to be completed in 2017.
The Minister said road closures were in place and train services were closed between Joondalup and Butler to allow the safe installation of the freeway overpass and pedestrian bridge.
Mr Nalder said the freeway extension followed the recent completion of the $78.83 million Reid Highway upgrade which would significantly improve safety, vehicle capacity and connectivity.
"Drivers now have uninterrupted travel along Reid Highway over Malaga Drive and reduced congestion with the recent opening of a second traffic bridge over the Mitchell Freeway in Hamersley and Carine," he said.
"The completion of more than 4.2 kilometres of two-lane dual carriageways westbound and eastbound between Erindale Road and Marmion Avenue will also improve traffic flows and travel times."
The Australian and State government-funded Reid Highway upgrade removed the Malaga Drive intersection from Western Australia's Black Spot list.
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