Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning

    More northern suburban intersections to be upgraded

    28/06/2018 1:45 PM
     
    • Wanneroo Road-Joondalup Drive interchange project scope expanded
    • Three more intersection upgrades around new interchange to resolve access issues in surrounding business and residential areas
    • Interchange upgrade a key election commitment by the McGowan Government
    • More congestion-busting initiatives from the State Government 

    The McGowan Government's Wanneroo Road and Joondalup Drive interchange project will now include three additional intersection upgrades to address feedback raised in community consultation.

     

    The Wanneroo area is seeing enormous population growth and this announcement is a commitment to futureproofing the wider region.

     

    Long-standing concerns around access into surrounding areas such as the Drovers Business Precinct, Carramar and approaches to the Mitchell Freeway were raised during the consultation process.

     

    Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton has extensively liaised with stakeholders and listened to community members to address these concerns and advocate for a resolution.

     

    As a result of the consultation and advocacy, the State Government is taking a more holistic approach to solving congestion issues in the area in collaboration with the City of Wanneroo.

     

    The new project scope will include the following upgrades to the scope of the contract:

    • The uncontrolled intersection of Joondalup Drive and Cheriton Drive will be replaced with a roundabout to support the successful delivery of the Carramar South/Tapping North Local Area Structure Plan;
    • A new four-way, fully signalised intersection will be built at the Wanneroo Road and Clarkson Avenue intersection to support safe and controlled access into the south of the Drovers Business Precinct, and will provide a catalyst for commercial expansion in this location; and
    • The Burns Beach Road roundabout will be upgraded in partnership with the City of Joondalup to improve safety and reduce queuing times at a congested intersection on the approach to the Mitchell Freeway.  

    Upgrading all three intersections as part of the overall project will deliver construction efficiencies and reduce impacts on the local community.

     

    The State Government expects to announce the award of a contract for design and construction of the project in coming weeks. Construction is anticipated to begin in September 2018.

     

    Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

     

    "We acknowledge that many of the residents have had concerns regarding the project and we are now taking a holistic approach to tackling congestion at the intersection of Wanneroo Road and Joondalup Drive.

     

    "This is an outstanding example of the local member Sabine Winton and Main Roads working with the local community to get a better result for everyone.

     

    "The Wanneroo Road and Joondalup Drive interchange project is required to address projected levels of congestion that will arise due to residential and commercial expansion in Perth's northern corridor.

     

    "It will complement other projects on Wanneroo Road to cater for long-term traffic demands and provide more reliable access, which will increase the attractiveness of Perth's north-west corridor as an industrial centre, supporting the growth of local jobs and services."

     

    Comments attributed to Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton:

     

    "This congestion-busting project was one of my key election commitments and I am proud that we are getting on with it quickly.

     

    "I have been listening and actively engaging with residents and businesses involved in this project and many of them raised concerns regarding access to local road access with me. I'm very pleased to have advocated and fought on their behalf to achieve this outcome.

     

    "These new intersection upgrades will address issues that have been problems for residents for many years and I'm pleased the Wanneroo Road-Joondalup Drive project has given us the opportunity to fix them.

     

    "It is really fantastic that we are being proactive and futureproofing an area that continues to grow rapidly."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 5500