WORK on the NorthLink WA northern section from Ellenbrook to Muchea is progressing well with clearing almost complete and earthworks underway, according to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.
Ms Saffioti said when the northern section of the highway was finished it would reduce travel times for Ellenbrook and Ballajura residents as well as eliminate four of Western Australia’s most dangerous intersections.
She said progress on the southern section meant that traffic could now flow freely from Reid Hwy to Perth Airport, the Morley Dr northbound on-ramp was open and the first bridge beams were in place at the new Reid and Tonkin highways interchange.
Two temporary roundabouts on Collier Rd – with one lane of traffic in each direction – will be in place until February when traffic signals are commissioned at the Collier Rd interchange.
“Traffic on Morley Dr will continue travelling through two roundabouts during construction of the permanent roundabout, which is also expected to be completed in February,’’ she said.
The Reid-Tonkin interchange bridge will form part of the final Reid Hwy alignment, taking vehicles over Tonkin Hwy as part of WA’s first and biggest freeway-to-freeway interchange.
“In coming months, changes will be made to the Beechboro Road North-Reid Hwy intersection, with a temporary roundabout replacing the traffic signals to enable work to start on the Beechboro Road North overpass.
“There will also be changes at the Reid Hwy-Tonkin Hwy intersection, again with a temporary roundabout replacing traffic signals.
“This will provide access to construct the new southbound on-ramp from Reid to Tonkin highways.
“NorthLink WA is essential to reducing traffic congestion and providing a faster, safer freight route as Perth’s population grows.
“The project is a vital, state-of-the-art transport link between Morley and Muchea, diverting heavy traffic away from local roads and improving amenity in the Swan Valley for residents and the 600,000 tourists who visit the area each year.’’
The NorthLink WA project is jointly funded by the federal ($821 million) and state ($204m) governments and is expected to be completed in 2019.