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Changed traffic conditions on Hepburn Ave between Pass Way and Bellefin Dr will remain in place until about mid-2019. Graphic: MAIN ROADS WA

Hepburn Ave traffic changes

CHANGED traffic conditions will apply on Hepburn Ave while a new interchange is built connecting Hepburn Ave and Beechboro Rd North to North Link WA.

The changed traffic conditions on Hepburn Ave between Pass Way and Bellefin Dr, Ballajura started on November 6 and will remain in place until about mid-2019.

During that time Hepburn Ave will temporarily change from two lanes to one lane in each direction between Pass Way and Bellefin Dr and the speed limit will be reduced to 60km/h.

Main Roads WA refers to Pass Way but the signage for the road linking Hepburn Ave and Beechboro Rd North does not reference Pass Way.

Meanwhile, Urban Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher said NorthLink WA would support more than 7000 direct and indirect jobs and was part of the Turnbull Government’s record $75 billion infrastructure package.

Mr Fletcher said construction on the third and final section of NorthLink WA between Ellenbrook and Muchea had started bringing the $1.02 billion project another step closer to reality.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said NorthLink WA would contribute to potential future employment opportunities by connecting to current and future industrial areas.

“Importantly, the new road will take heavy traffic away from roads in the Swan Valley, which will boost safety and potential as a tourist destination,” she said.

Pearce MHR Christian Porter said together with the southern and central sections, NorthLink WA northern section would deliver a four-six lane national highway that will support both current and predicted traffic.

“Travelling from Kewdale to Muchea, NorthLink WA will potentially avoid up to 16 sets of traffic lights, two railway crossings, and 21 speed limit changes, while separate cycling and pedestrian paths will provide safer and better connections between local communities,” he said.

Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw said the project would be a vital part of Perth’s freight network and provide a new transport link from Perth Airport to Muchea.

“NorthLink is going to deliver huge benefits for the Ellenbrook and Bullsbrook communities,’’ she said.

“This project is going to ease local congestion, make it easier for my constituents to access jobs, as well as paving the way for the North Ellenbrook industrial area.’’

Road safety will also be improved by using a combination of median strips, and around 150km of road safety barriers to separate vehicles from oncoming traffic, as well as eliminating four of the state’s most dangerous intersections.

By Anita McInnes

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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