Major construction has begun on the $386.5 million Great Eastern Highway Bypass Interchanges project, which aims to reduce congestion and improve connectivity to various industrial areas.
The project will include:
- Construction of two grade separated interchanges along Great Eastern Highway at Abernethy Road and Roe Highway.
- An extension of Lloyd Street from its current end point to south of Clayton Street to Great Eastern Highway Bypass, including a new bridge over the Helena River.
- Upgrades to the Great Eastern Highway Bypass, including the removal of the existing intersection at Stirling Crescent.
- Upgrade of Roe Highway between Talbot Road and Clayton Street, including a bridge duplication over Helena River, to three lanes.
- Upgrades to Abernethy Road.
- Completing the missing link in the 30 kilometre Principal Shared Path between Midland and Jandakot.
- Removal of traffic lights at key congestion hot spots including the intersections of Great Eastern Highway and Roe Highway as well as Abernethy Road and Great Eastern Highway.
- The upgrades will provide better connectivity, helping to support commercial developments in Midland, while improving links to the Hazelmere, Forrestfield, Kewdale and Perth Airport industrial areas.
Initial construction activity is focussed on the bypass around the intersection of Abernethy Road, including constructing a temporary alignment of the bypass to keep traffic moving while the first of the new interchanges is under construction.
“Together with the new interchange at Abernethy Road and improvements to Roe Highway, the upgrade will deliver free-flowing movement at the eastern end of the Bypass, reducing journey times, improving safety and enhancing freight efficiency,” said Federal Member for Hasluck, the Hon Ken Wyatt MP.
Construction of the other key parts of the project will begin progressively from 2022 onwards, with overall completion scheduled for 2024.
“The Great Eastern Highway Bypass Interchanges Project will be a game-changer for road users in Perth’s east,” added WA Minister for Transport, Hon Rita Saffioti MLA.
“The project brings together five long-awaited road upgrades, which will reduce congestion, improve safety and enhance access into Midland, while providing better connectivity to the Hazelmere, Forrestfield, Kewdale and Perth Airport industrial areas.”
The project is funded by the Commonwealth Government and the Western Australian Government with contributions also made by the City of Swan and the City of Kalamunda.