Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Mitchell Freeway exit lane upgrades keep traffic flowing

Media Release

PF034/2016

16 March 2016

Joint release with:

Dean Nalder

WA Minister for Transport

Work is underway on constructing a new dedicated northbound exit lane from the Mitchell Freeway between Cedric Street and Karrinyup Road in north Perth.

Federal Minister for Major Projects, Territories and Local Government Paul Fletcher said the works are part of the Traffic Congestion Management Program—one of nine projects receiving a total of $499.1 million in Australian Government funding under the WA Infrastructure Projects National Partnership.

“Once construction of the new exit lane is completed, weather permitting, in June this year, there will be a noticeable improvement to traffic flows on this section of the freeway, particularly in afternoon peak periods,” Mr Fletcher said.

Western Australian Transport Minister Dean Nalder said similar improvements to the Mitchell Freeway are continuing as part of the Australian and Western Australia government's priority to address congestion problems.

“We have looked at conflict points along the freeway and identified opportunities where we can allow vehicles to exit without disrupting traffic flow,” Mr Nalder said.

“For example, line marking modifications completed in February on the northbound Hay Street off-ramp provide a double exit lane for freeway traffic.

“We have found this type of line marking treatment to be effective at improving traffic flow on the freeway.

“Two dedicated exit lanes were also installed last year on the Kwinana Freeway as part of the Traffic Congestion Management Program.

“The dedicated exit lanes are clearly marked prior to the freeway off-ramp to ensure motorists have enough time to move into the correct lane early.”