By Claire Ottaviano
NEW maps for the EastLinkWA project reveal a potentially very different future for Roe Highway access for Midland, Middle Swan, Stratton, Swan View and Midvale residents.
The maps, made public on Monday, show fly-overs at Toodyay Road and Morrison Road with a new four way intersection just south of Toodyay Road, whereas previous plans depicted only a fly-over at Morrison and four-way intersection at Toodyay Road.
Proposed alignments for EastLink, also known as the Perth to Adelaide Highway, between Roe Highway and Gidgegannup and Gidgegannup to Northam via Wooroloo are also available.
Further defining of the current plans and designs, which will include environmental, geotechnical, and engineering-based studies, is expected to take three years.
Last week in Echo News’ Mad over Morrison fly-over, Main Roads WA spokesperson Dean Roberts said it was too early to confirm if access to Roe Highway from arterial thoroughfares like Morrison Road would be cut off as the project’s planning and development had not progressed enough.
Despite local backlash to the Morrison Road fly-over, a representative of the new Midvale Woolworths shopping centre currently under construction said the plan had been known about for years.
“We’ve been aware of that fly-over plan for a long time and we factored that into the design of our shopping centre,” a representative of landowner Northstead told Echo News.
“We were trying to convince them to build a roundabout at the intersection and we would contribute towards it.
“But they weren’t prepared to do that.
“We asked when [the fly-over] would be built and Main Roads said they don’t know, because they didn’t have a budget for it – that would have been four years ago but even as recent as a couple of months ago they were telling us they didn’t know what they were doing with it.”
$10 million worth of funding for EastLink’s design phase was announced by the State Government in August 2020.
Along with previously committed Federal funding of the same amount, Main Roads started planning the freight corridor with stage 1 focusing on the grade separation of Altone Road, Lord Street and West Swan Road on Reid Highway.
This week Main Roads started traffic surveys on Toodyay Road, Great Eastern Highway and local roads on the route.
The data collected will include traffic volumes at intersections and other points as well as origin and destination data.
In addition to the studies, the road authority is also engaging with communities along the proposed alignment.
The next community drop-in sessions will be held September 11 at Gidgegannup Hall and October 16 at Bakers Hill Recreation Centre.
View the maps via www.echonewspaper.com.au or www.mainroads.wa.gov.au/eastlinkwa