Work to begin on Roe Highway and Berkshire Road Interchange
13 October 2014
Joint release with:
Federal Member for Hasluck
Motorists are set to enjoy faster travel times and safer driving conditions with works to commence shortly on the $46.2 million Roe Highway—Berkshire Road Interchange project.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss and Federal Member for Hasluck Ken Wyatt inspected the site today.
Mr Truss said this project is one of many productivity enhancing infrastructure projects that will be delivered in Western Australia to boost the economy and improve local networks.
“Through the Infrastructure Investment Programme, the Australian Government will invest $4.7 billion in transport infrastructure projects across the state, including $925 million to build the Perth Freight Link and $755.6 million to construct the NorthLink WA project,” Mr Truss said.
“The Roe Highway is a major arterial road in Perth providing a freight, tourist and commuter route.
“It also links major industrial centres, such as the Perth Airport and Fremantle Port precincts, to the Great Eastern Highway and Great Northern Highway.”
Mr Wyatt said the works will include the upgrade of the interchange, while both Roe Highway and Berkshire Roads will be reconstructed with two lanes in each direction.
“A shared path and upgraded pedestrian bridge will be provided across Roe Highway, with noise and screen walls erected along Roe Highway and Berkshire Road to limit vehicle noise from adversely affecting the local community,” Mr Wyatt said.
“A large number of heavy vehicles use this intersection and make up over 35 per cent of turning movements. Fast moving commuter traffic combined with slow turning heavy vehicles has contributed to a large number of accidents and casualties at this intersection.
“The upgrade will ease traffic congestion, reduce delays and improve safety.
The Australian Government has committed $27.2 million to the project, with the Western Australian Government contributing $19 million.