New Mitchell Freeway off-ramp to Roe Street to open Sunday, December 18
Part of $32 million Charles Street Bus Bridge and Busway Project
Immediate traffic congestion relief for James and Fitzgerald streets
Project has created work for up to 80 people
Reducing traffic congestion continues to be a priority for the Liberal National Government with the realignment of the existing Mitchell Freeway access to James Street, to a new location on Roe Street.
Transport Minister Bill Marmion said the new off-ramp was a major milestone for the $32.1 million Charles Street Bus Bridge and Busway Project.
"This is an important stage of the overall project, which will ultimately deliver a new bridge to take buses directly into Perth Busport from Charles Street using dedicated bus lanes," Mr Marmion said.
"The project is already creating jobs with work for up to 80 people - that's good news for West Australians.
"This project stage will deliver immediate traffic congestion relief to James Street and Fitzgerald Street.
"Motorists should be aware that the James Street exit will close permanently for road users exiting Mitchell Freeway to Northbridge.
"Also, road users will need to prepare early to use the right lane to exit to Roe Street, instead of the left lane as they did with James Street."
The bus bridge, which is under construction, is located in the centre of Charles Street between Newcastle Street and Janet Street.
The project is expected to encourage more people onto public transport, reducing bus and road user congestion in Northbridge.
Motorists using Graham Farmer Freeway will be unaffected by the new off-ramp and should continue to use James Street for access into Northbridge and West Perth
The Charles Street Bus Bridge has four spans and weighs about 2,000 tonnes
At completion, an estimated 1,200 buses and 16,000 passengers are expected to use the bridge daily to access the Perth Busport
Minister's office - 6552 6800