Work to commence on upgrading one of Perth's busiest intersections

Media Release

PF003/2016

11 January 2016

Joint release with:

Dean Nalder

WA Minister for Transport

Work on upgrading one of Perth's major intersections—where Graham Farmer Freeway meets East Parade—will commence today.

Federal Minister for Major Projects Paul Fletcher said today the intersection was a well-known traffic congestion hotspot.

“In the five years to the end of 2013, there were 227 crashes at this intersection of which 47 per cent were rear-end crashes,” Mr Fletcher said.

“This upgrade will ease congestion and improve safety and journey-time reliability for the thousands of drivers that use the intersection each day.

“The $14 million project is part of Western Australia's Traffic Congestion Management Program, one of nine projects receiving a total of $499.1 million in Australian Government funding under the WA Infrastructure Project National Partnership.”

Western Australian Minister for Transport Dean Nalder said the project will help reduce the number of crashes and the length of vehicle queues at the intersection, thereby increasing its ability to deal with increasing traffic volumes.

“The works will be carried out at night to maintain traffic capacity during the day,” Mr Nalder said.

“Additional traffic lanes will also be provided for vehicles travelling along East Parade in both directions, as well as two lanes exiting onto East Parade from the Graham Farmer Freeway tunnel.

“For traffic travelling right onto Lord Street from the freeway on ramp westbound, there will be an additional right-turn lane.

“The works are expected to be completed by the end of 2016, weather permitting.”