- First of three major Wanneroo Road upgrades to be completed under McGowan Government
- Two Wanneroo Road interchanges under construction at Ocean Reef Road and Joondalup Drive
- Wanneroo Road upgrades part of 17 road projects made possible by reallocated Perth Freight Link funding
The transformation of Wanneroo Road is one step closer with the completion of a 3.2 kilometre dual carriageway between Joondalup Drive and Flynn Drive.
The $31 million project is the first of three Wanneroo Road upgrades worth a combined $146 million to be completed. Two Wanneroo Road interchanges are also currently under construction at Ocean Reef Road and Joondalup Drive.
The widened section is a well-known congestion hotspot creating traffic delays both northbound and southbound for more than 26,000 vehicles each day.
A single carriageway can no longer adequately accommodate increasing traffic levels. New dual lanes for the road will significantly improve congestion and create safer, more efficient journeys.
The project has included intersection upgrades at Golf Links Drive and Carramar Road, along with a Principal Shared Path for cyclists and pedestrians.
Meanwhile, the total project cost has also enabled new noise walls, bus stop facilities, landscaping and U-Turn points to provide access to driveways on Wanneroo Road.
The $31 million project was announced in May 2017 as part of a $2.3 billion package of road and rail infrastructure, and is the first project in the package of works to be completed.
It will help transform Wanneroo Road as a major north-south alternative to Mitchell Freeway, and is one of three upgrades for the strategic route.
Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
"The project has removed a pinch point and alleviated congestion, delivering a huge relief to residents and workers throughout the northern suburbs.
"It is only the beginning of our northern suburbs transformation journey - with both Wanneroo Road interchanges at Joondalup Drive and Ocean Reef Road currently under construction.
"Other big projects for the north include the widening of Mitchell Freeway southbound from Cedric Street to Vincent Street, and the recently announced Mitchell Freeway extension to Romeo Road. Meanwhile, the Yanchep Rail Extension also gets underway this year.
"This is an exciting milestone for the McGowan Government as it marks the first of the 17 projects completed as part of the package of works announced in May 2017 as an alternative to the flawed Perth Freight Link proposal.
"We continue to heavily invest in Perth's northern suburbs to accommodate increasing volumes of traffic generated by population growth and industrial development in the north-west corridor of the Perth metropolitan area."
Comments attributed to Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton:
"The local community has long demanded upgrades to this dangerous section of Wanneroo Road. I am very proud that we have delivered on this key election commitment.
"I've travelled this stretch of road nearly every day since I was 10 and I know the awful accidents that have occurred between Flynn Drive and Joondalup Drive over the years.
"Wanneroo Road is the spine that runs through my electorate and I am proud that the McGowan Government has delivered on its commitment to upgrade this important local and regional road.
"I know the difference this upgrade will make to keeping us safer and reducing our travel time."
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