Big suburban road builds to improve safety, create jobs and cut travel time

Posted on January 29, 2021
  • $54.3 million committed to more congestion busting, job creating road projects
  • Projects to improve safety, reduce congestion, cut travel times and create hundreds of jobs
  • Local road infrastructure improvements builds on McGowan Government’s $5.56 billion investment
  • Commitment is on top of the $18 million announced for roads in the growing Byford area

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will continue its congestion busting, job creating agenda, with a new commitment to 29 road projects across the suburbs, helping improve road safety.

As part of the package that will create hundreds of local jobs, Perth’s suburbs will be further transformed and benefit from road upgrades and initiatives to future proof and support population growth, and complement the massive METRONET infrastructure being delivered across Perth.

Significant improvements will be made to Flynn Drive to support access to the Neerabup Industrial Park, which is a key industrial employment hub in the northern suburbs.

The $20 million upgrades to Flynn Drive carriageway and future dual carriageway works in Neerabup, are expected to start over the 2021-22 period and includes:

  • improvements to the single carriageway and alignment from Travertine Vista to Tranquil Drive.
  • upgrades to the dual carriageway from Tranquil Drive to Pinjar Road
  • upgrades to the rural grade section of Flynn Drive between Pinjar Road and Old Yanchep Road to support the build of a single carriageway and earthworks for a future dual carriageway.

If the Government is re-elected, 26 local roads and intersections, across Perth, many of which have been identified as blackspots in the past by local councils, will be fixed to improve  road safety in the suburbs, with $17.8 million set aside for these projects.

In Perth’s south, the traffic turning lane from Leach Highway into Fifth Avenue in Rossmoyne will be extended to alleviate this major congestion point through a $5 million allocation with works expected to commence over the 2021-22 period.

A $5.5 million boost will support works to improve the Green Street, Main Street and Scarborough Beach Road intersection. This commitment will enable the project to progress pending a final proposed design following the resolution of significant underground works and infrastructure requirements. The funding is in addition to the $3 million the McGowan Government committed in 2017 and is anticipated to enable the upgrade on this intersection to proceed over 2021-22.

Planning funding of $5 million will be allocated towards a feasibility study to improve transport connections between East Wanneroo and surrounding suburbs – complementing the East Wanneroo District Structure Plan. The East Wanneroo corridor is expected to house a big portion of Perth’s future growth over the next five decades, with up to 150,000 new residents.

The residential growth is also being complemented by the increasing industrial activity in this area as people commute to and from commercial and industrial precincts including Wangara, Neerabup and the future Ocean Reef Marina.   

An overarching transport and land use plan for Wanneroo Road will also be developed in conjunction with the local governments, with $1 million allocated.

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:

“My Government has delivered a record investment in road infrastructure across Perth and across the regions, resulting in an improved road network, reduced congestion and travel times, as well as adding thousands of jobs to the pipeline of work.

“If re-elected, we’ve committed to building on these investments to make our roads safer, better connect our suburbs, towns and regions, and ensure our road infrastructure goes the distance – for years and years to come.

“For someone who is on the road a lot myself, travelling hundreds of kilometres at a time, I want to make sure that we have safer roads that cut travel times so people can get around this great big State safely and easily now and into the future.

“Earlier this month we committed $18 million towards upgrades to three key roads in the rapidly growing Byford area, and now this new suburban roads package builds on that work, and ensures we have fit-for-purpose roads connecting our suburbs safely and keeping up to the growing pace of our suburbs.”

Brookton Highway / Hill StreetInstall give way sign and right turn treatment. Remove ramps and relocate stay pole.$173,000
High Road / Augusta StreetUpgrade intersection to ban right turn into and out of High Road & adjacent commercial premises.$300,000
Holden Road /Wygonda RoadMedium Island and Pedestrian Crossing upgrades with additional upgrades to street lighting.$187,000
Nicholson Road / Eucalyptus BoulevardInstall left turn lane and island on west approach (Eucalyptus) and add additional signage to reinforce priority, improve lighting.$210,000
Marmion/Santa Barbara ParadeInstall left turn on western leg, realign seagull island and add cycle lane.$200,000
Marmion Avenue / Coral StreetInstall left turn deceleration lane, seagull island in median, and extend right turn on Marmion Avenue. Install left turn pocket on Coral Street and upgrade pedestrian facilities.$490,000
Marmion Avenue / Forrest RoadInstall left turn deceleration lane, seagull island in median and extended right turn on Marmion Avenue. Reconfigure traffic island on Forrest Road and upgrade pedestrian facilities.$770,000
Ocean Reef Road / Gwendoline DriveRealign carriageway to provide a continuous cycle lane and improved sightlines, reconfigure left turn pocket on eastern approach, and extend right turn pocket western approach on Ocean Reef Road. Install left turn pocket on Gwendoline Drive and upgrade pedestrian facilities.$695,000
Canning Road between Welshpool Road East and Glenisla RoadUpgrade lighting and pavement markings, removal of roadside hazard, seal shoulder.$1,100,000
Railway Road / Elizabeth StreetInstall roundabout with speed cushions.$740,000
Bull Creek Drive / Camm AvenueInstall pre-deflection nibs at existing roundabout and skid resistance treatment.$325,000
Murray Road / Wrexham StreetImprove intersection and reinforce priority sign.$150,000
Stock Road / Page StreetWiden intersection, install median islands and red asphalt.$182,000
St Brigids Terrace / Grand PromenadeReplace 4-way stop control with 4-way roundabout.$210,000
Brighton Road / Weaponess Road / Duke StreetInstall pre-deflection on Brighton Road, push Duke Street give way line and install TGSI on pedestrian crossings.$90,000
Hepburn Avenue / Bellefin DriveInstall roundabout at the intersection.$1,900,000
Hepburn Avenue / Walter Padbury BoulevardUpgrade intersection to improve access from Walter Padbury Boulevard onto Hepburn Avenue$3,000,000
Bath Road / Morley DriveInstall Roundabout at the Intersection.$500,000
Beechboro Road North / Marshall RoadReplace signalised intersection with a two way roundabout. Install pre-deflection on all approaches.$2,500,000
McVicar Place / Keane Street and Evans StreetInstall pre-deflection on north and east approaches to roundabout.$70,000
Charles Street Pedestrian CrossingInstall a signalised pedestrian crossing on Charles Street, near Albert Street.$600,000
Walter Road/Coode StreetInstall right turn traffic signal at Coode Street southern/eastern approach.$130,000
Metcalf Road and Nicholson RoadUpgrade the corner of Nicholson Road and Metcalf Road.$3,000,000
Strelitzia AvenueUpgrade lighting, pavement markings, remove roadside hazard and seal shoulder.$220,000
Swan Street / Wattle StreetInstall speed plateau at intersection$100,000
Total $17,842,000

What the McGowan Labor Government has already delivered:

  • Invested more than $5 billion for road infrastructure projects across WA over the past four years
  • In the 2020-21 budget, allocated a further $5.5 billion over the next four years for further road investment, and added a further $870 million over that period in the 2020-21 Mid-year Review – which includes securing $455 million as part of the Regional Road Safety Program

New roads and upgrades completed in the metropolitan area under the McGowan Labor Government include:

  • Northlink – the Tonkin Highway project through the north east of Perth
  • Mitchell Freeway Extension from Burns Beach to Hester Avenue and southbound widening between Cedric and Vincent Street
  • Upgrading Armadale Road from Anstey Road to Tapper Road
  • Kwinana Freeway Access to Murdoch Activity Centre (Murdoch Drive Connection)
  • Ocean Reed Road and Joondalup Drive interchanges on Wanneroo Road
  • Reid Highway – Altone Road to West Swan Road
  • Kwinana Freeway – Smart Freeway

Projects underway or about to begin include:

  • Tonkin Highway – Gap – Collier Road to Great Eastern Highway upgrades
  • Tonkin Highway Extension – Stage 3 Thomas Road to South Western Highway
  • Tonkin Highway Grade Separations – Kelvin Road, Welshpool Road and Hale Road
  • Armadale Road – North Lake Road Bridge over Kwinana Freeway
  • Swan River Crossings – Fremantle Traffic Bridge upgrades
  • Mitchell Freeway Extension – Hester Avenue to Romeo Road
  • Great Eastern Highway Bypass – Roe Highway (including Abernethy Road)
  • Stephenson Avenue Extension
  • Leach Highway – Welshpool Road Interchange