Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning

    Works to start on Leach Highway turning lane upgrades

    12/05/2020 8:00 AM
    • Upgrades soon under way for five intersections along Leach Highway
    • Longer turning lanes to help traffic flow during peak periods
    • More works under way to keep WA busy
    • Works to complement High Street upgrade and freight on rail incentives 

    Works will soon begin on $2.6 million worth of upgrades to several key intersections along Leach Highway to improve safety and traffic flow.


    The five intersections targeted for improvements are Rome Road, Marshall Road, Norma Road, Winthrop Drive and Murdoch Drive.


    Right turn pockets in the median at each intersection will be extended to prevent traffic queues building up on the highway.


    Pavement markings, signage, drainage and street lighting will also be upgraded to cater for the improved intersections.


    The turning lane works will accompany the $118 million High Street and Stirling Highway intersection upgrade currently under construction in Fremantle.


    Upon completion in mid-2021, the High Street project will deliver critical safety improvements and enhance freight efficiency on the approach to Fremantle Port.


    Further efficiencies along Leach Highway have also been achieved through the McGowan Government's Rail Container Subsidy, which has boosted the amount of freight on rail to more than 20 per cent.


    The $2.6 million upgrade is being undertaken by Main Roads and is expected to be completed by August 2020.


    Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:


    "These works will add to the long list of projects currently under way, or recently completed, in the southern suburbs.


    "Once completed, the upgraded turning lanes will improve traffic efficiency and safety at each intersection."


    Comments attributed to Bicton MLA Lisa O'Malley:


    "Together with Main Roads, we've identified some cost-effective improvements to the local traffic network, including the recently completed upgrade of Canning Highway and Preston Point Road.


    "These projects will be strengthened by major infrastructure investments like the Fremantle Traffic Bridge replacement and High Street upgrade, which will help to make our local traffic network safer for our community."


    Minister's office - 6552 5500