Mitchell Freeway exit lane upgrades keep traffic flowing
16 March 2016
Joint release with:
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.”