Freeway extension needs a more northern exit
Published Friday, 17th April 2015
City of Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts has welcomed the early commencement of the Mitchell Freeway Extension Project but says a more northern exit would alleviate congestion concerns at Hester Avenue.
The Mayor’s comments come in response to today’s announcement by Transport Minister Dean Nalder that the $160million design and construction contract would see the Mitchell Freeway extended from Burns Beach Road to Hester Avenue.
“The City welcomes the early commencement of the Mitchell Freeway extension, however considers there is a significant need to extend the project another 5.5km to Romeo Road,” she said.
“The potential increase in traffic and associated issues would negatively impact the communities of Merriwa and surrounding suburbs, particularly the Mindarie school precinct and RAAFA Cambrai retirement village, which is of great concern to the City” she said.
"The City of Wanneroo is the fastest growing local government in Western Australia growing by 8,000 new residents every year, this long awaited freeway extension to Romeo Road is needed to take pressure off the already significantly congested Wanneroo Road and Marmion Avenue.”
Mayor Roberts wrote to Premier Colin Barnett in March urging the State Government to reconsider its decision to end the extension at Hester Avenue.
“While we do appreciate the investment, which will benefit many residents to the north in the City of Wanneroo, there are other projects that will be impeded,” Mayor Roberts said.
“Extending the freeway to Romeo Road would prompt early construction of the Wanneroo Road to Marmion Avenue east-west link, providing access to Butler train station and amenities for residents in Carabooda and surrounding suburbs
"The City of Wanneroo is sending a clear message to the State Government to acknowledge our rapid growth and need for the freeway to extend to Romeo Road.”
The City would also like to take this opportunity to remind the State Government of the impending need for an extension to the train line from Butler to Yanchep.
“Our Northern Coastal Growth Corridor, which comprises Alkimos, Eglinton, Yanchep and Two Rocks, is expected to welcome 73,000 additional people by 2036 and we need to start accommodating for that growth now.”
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