Major works to improve Perth's road network

[12 January 2013]

The State Government has announced Main Roads is about to undertake a series of road improvement works on sections of Perth’s freeway system to increase vehicle capacity and improve safety.

Works will include:

  • the provision of a third traffic lane in both directions through the Graham Farmer Freeway (GFF) tunnel
  • construction of an extra lane to the Mitchell Freeway northbound, from the tunnel to Hutton Street.

The $57 million projects form part of a broader package of transport initiatives designed to improve the operation of the CBD road network and address the challenges associated with Perth's increasing population.

Another $30million will be spent on widening the Mitchell Freeway northbound between Hepburn Avenue and Hodges Drive from late January to mid-2013.

Motorists are advised there will be some impacts on traffic movement on sections of the Mitchell and Graham Farmer freeways at various times throughout 2013.

For updates on roadworks and closures, visit our Freeway Works page on our website.

Visit the Tunnel & Mitchell Freeway Widening Project page for more information.


Northwest WA advised to prepare as cyclone moves in

[11 January 2013]

A Tropical Cyclone warning is in place for the Gascoyne and Pilbara Regions.

Road users are advised that there are rapidly changing road and weather conditions.

Please approach all floodways with extreme caution, obey road closure signs and do not drive into water of unknown depth and current. If driving through heavy rain, please slow down and turn your lights on or if visibility becomes poor, pull over and park until the weather passes.

We will update road closures regularly and road users should check the Road & Traffic Info section of this site, follow us on WA_Roads twitter or contact the Main Roads Customer Information Centre on 138 138.

For that latest cyclone updates, please visit the Department of Fire & Emergency Services website. 


Kwinana Freeway northbound lane opens

[20 December 2012]

The daily journey of more than 100,000 commuters is expected to improve with the opening of the additional third lane on the Kwinana Freeway, northbound, between Roe and Leach Highways.

The $58million jointly funded State and Federal Government project also includes:

  • a new intersection constructed at South Street and Fiona Wood Road;
  • resurfacing the existing freeway lanes and on and off-ramps;
  • construction of noise and screen walls and landscaping;
  • an extension to the newly constructed Barry Marshall Parade through to the Murdoch Station bus road; and
  • a realigned freeway northbound exit ramp.

 Visit the Kwinana Freeway Widening Project page for further information about the project.


Great Northern Highway upgrade announced

[20 December 2012]

The Bindi Bindi Curves section of the Great Northern Highway will receive an upgrade under a joint project from the Federal and State governments.

Upgrade works will include:

  • straightening, widening and strengthening of an 11 kilometre section of the highway;
  • creation of additional overtaking opportunities; and
  • installation of a new railway crossing at the Balidu-Bindi Bindi Road intersection.

Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the project was the result of extensive community and industry consultation and will make the Great Northern Highway a better and safer road.

Work is scheduled to begin mid-2013 and will continue until the end of 2014.


$20m for Marble Bar Road upgrade

[19 December 2012]

The State Government has announced a $20m upgrade of Marble Bar Road between Newman and the Ripon Hills turn-off.

The upgrade and sealing works will improve the safety of the road while making it more reliable for the wet season.

Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the currently high level of closure was having a negative impact on surrounding communities.

The funding for the project will be shared between Main Roads and Royalties for Regions.

Construction will take place from 2013-14 to 2014-15.


$500m for northern suburb roads

[3 December 2012]

The State Government has announced a $500m package for road infrastructure in Perth's north.

The funding will provide for:

  • the 6 km extension of Mitchell Freeway to Hester Ave, Clarkson;
  • a bridge for Malaga Drive over the Reid Highway;
  • the widening of Reid Highway from Duffy Road to Erindale Road in Carine;
  • the widening project of the Mitchell Freeway from Perth to Hutton Street; and
  • the widening of the Mitchell Highway from Hepburn Avenue to Hodges Drive.

The State Government said the projects will address current and future congestion concerns contributing to improved travel times for motorists.

An animation of the Mitchell Freeway Extention to Hester Avenue (WMV 4 MB) is available to view.


Perth's new Incident Response Service is launched

[20 November 2012]

The Incident Response Service (IRS) was launched today by Transport Minister Troy Buswell, which introduced a new service to Perth designed to improve congestion and manage traffic on Perth’s city roads.

The first stage of the service commenced in the Northbridge Tunnel this morning. IRS is aimed to provide quick clearance solutions and traffic control for road hazards such as debris removal and helping clear vehicle breakdowns.

The service will also provide vital traffic information to our Traffic Operations Centre, who in turn will feed this information to the media and stakeholders.
IRS will act as our eyes and ears, and its feedback will be vital for traffic reports, contacting emergency services and traffic management.

The vehicles have a front-mounted “push pad” made of soft foam, shaping itself to the design of the disabled vehicle to move it to a safe location free of charge.

For further information about the service, including a demonstration video of the IRS in action, please visit our Incident Response Service page.


Convict road unearthed

[13 November 2012]

A portion of a 145 year old convict road has been discovered during the Great Eastern Highway upgrade. A 20 metre stretch of jarrah wooden discs was unearthed during road works for the westbound lane near the corner of Belmont Avenue, Belmont.

The State Heritage Office worked with City East Alliance, the WA Museum and the City of Belmont to safely excavate five salvageable pieces including a 5 metre long kerb. City East Alliance Director Stephen Nicolay said “It was an exciting find, and we were happy to have been able to assist the State Heritage Office in recovering a valuable piece of the State’s history,”.

The State Heritage Office has produced a short documentary on the find and the City of Belmont plans to restore and display the pieces in a future exhibition at the Belmont Museum.

The Great Eastern Highway road works remains on schedule to finish ahead of the original December 2013 completion date. 


$7million Buckingham Bridge replacement works commencing soon

[5 November 2012]

Work will commence soon to replace the original timber Buckingham Bridge, destroyed in the February 2011 bushfires, over the Canning River in Kelmscott/Roleystone.

The culvert crossing which has been in place since March 2011 as a temporary measure will be replaced by the $7.1 million permanent traffic bridge which will be constructed from concrete and steel.

Transport Minister Troy Buswell announced the upcoming works which will not disrupt traffic along Brookton Highway for the life of the project or in the coming fire season as a result of the bridge being built on the southern side of the existing crossing.

Construction is scheduled to commence in late November to be completed by mid-2013.


Kwinana Freeway off-ramp upgrade works announced

[1 November 2012]

Transport Minister Troy Buswell announced a State Government commitment of $1.087million to improve efficiency and safety of Leach Highway.

The funding will be spent on upgrading the existing northbound off-ramp to Leach Highway from the Kwinana Freeway, fixing the Brentwood State Black Spot.

The works will help to relieve traffic congestion and eliminate unsafe vehicle movements from eastbound to westbound lanes and reduce the number of potential crashes at the Leach Highway intersection.

Construction is scheduled to commence late November with an expected completion date of March 2013.

Works will involve:

  • widening of the existing off-ramp to three lanes;
  • resurfacing works;
  • modifications to the Bull Creek station exit lane and Leach Highway intersection.


North West Coastal Highway and Speedway Road upgrade announced

[1 November 2012]

The State Government is investing $1.2million in upgrading the intersection of North West Coastal Highway and Speedway Road, Carnarvon.

The upgrade will improve the safety of the intersection, given the increased number of heavy vehicles utilising Speedway Roads as a result of the roadhouse development adjacent to the intersection.

DownerMouchel, a Main Roads' Integrated Service provider has been awarded the contract and will commence works in October to be completed by December 2012.

Project works include:

  • reconstruction and widening of North West Coastal Highway to accommodae turn pockets into Speedway Road
  • formalising the entrance/exit driveway into the roadhouse off North West Coastal Highway
  • widening and sealing 240m of Speedway Road to a width of eight metres.


$13 million upgrade to Murdoch Drive/South St intersection commencing soon

 [12 October 2012]

State Transport Minister Troy Buswell announced Highway Construction Pty, have been awarded the $13 million contract to upgrade Murdoch Drive and South Street.

“The upgrade will ensure better access and flow to accommodate the predicted increase in traffic volumes expected once the new Fiona Stanley Hospital and Murdoch Activity Centre open in 2014,” Mr Buswell said.

The State Government are planning ahead for a predicted extra 50,000 vehicles a day using the South Street – Murdoch intersection by 2021.

Construction will start next month November 2012 and will be completed by November 2013.

Visit Murdoch Drive South Street Intersection Upgrade project page for more information.

Read the Murdoch Activity Centre Cost and Benefits Report for more details about the Murdoch Activity Centre development plans. 


Preferred partner selected for Gateway WA Project

[5 October 2012]

The Gateway WA Consortium comprising Leighton Contractors, Georgiou, GHD, AECOM and BG&E has been chosen as the preferred alliance partner to deliver the billion dollar Gateway WA project.

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said officials from Main Roads WA will now begin detailed negotiations with the Consortium with a view to finalising contractual arrangements before the end of the year.

Work to construct the jointly funded Federal and State Government project is scheduled to begin early next year and is expected to be completed by 2017, ahead of the planned consolidation of the domestic and international terminals.

Western Ausralian Transport Minister Troy Buswell highlighted the key benefits of the project including a reduction in urban congestion in Perth and and an improved efficiency and reliability of the supply chain on which regional communities depend, particularly those in the resource rich North West.

Download the joint media announcement (2 page Word DOC 316 KB) here.

For further information about the project please visit the Gateway WA Project page.

The Project Master Plan (114 page PDF 31 MB), outlining the scope of the project is available for download.


Estuary Drive closes as improvement works gain momentum

[28 September 2012]

Road users in Bunbury and Australind are advised to plan alternative routes when Estuary Drive between Koombana Drive and the Port Access Road is closed from Tuesday 2 October for up to four weeks.

The closure is part of two critically important projects being undertaken to improve safety on key Bunbury roads from September through to December 2012. The objective of the planned upgrade works is to provide better and safer roads for users. 

Bunbury and Australind road users will benefit long term from reduced congestion, during school pick up and drop off times, and the roads will be able to accommodate for planned developments in the area. 

Main Roads South West Region’s Regional Manager Brett Belstead said the closure was needed to speed up the project to signalise the intersection of Koombana/Estuary Drive and ensure the safety of road workers and motorists.

“We understand road users will be inconvenienced, but the best time to close the road is in the school holidays,” Mr Belstead said.

The Koombana Drive/Estuary Drive Project involves creation of a new signalised intersection with two right turn lanes on Koombana Drive and two right turn lanes from Estuary Drive to improve safety and capacity at this intersection and at
Eelup Roundabout.

The Australind Bypass/Vittoria Road intersection work is also already underway but no lane closures will be in place at Australind Bypass/Vittoria Road. Road users are being advised to re-route towards the Australind Bypass and allow extra journey time. 

Visit the Koombana/Estuary Drive and Australind Bypass/Vittoria Road Project page for further information and travel advice.


New Incident Response Service to help ease traffic congestion

[24 September 2012]

Perth City is growing rapidly with the Elizabeth Quay, Perth City Link and Riverside projects all underway. The transformation is changing the way traffic moves in and around the city.

The State Government is working towards providing the people of Perth and our visitors with an easier, smoother more reliable journey. This will be enabled by a dedicated Incident Response Service which will assist in:

  • Minimising congestion caused by incidents;
  • Reducing follow-on incidents;
  • Maintaining traffic control on Perth’s freeways and major arterial routes;
  • Providing a safe road network for motorists; and
  • Assisting emergency services to perform their role effectively.

The Incident Response Service will be launched soon to assist traffic flow within Perth and surrounding major roads during peak periods as part of Main Roads’ congestion management plans.

Specially-designed Incident Response Vehicles with the equipment to relocate vehicles has been unveiled as part of a $47.6 million CBD transport congestion management plan, announced by Transport Minister Troy Buswell in April of this year.

What you need to know:

  • Specially-designed Incident Response Vehicles will assist in the relocation of vehicles involved in crashes or breakdowns to minimise disruption and delays to the road user;
  • A ‘push pad’ at the front of the Incident Response Vehicle is made of soft foam that shapes itself to the design of your vehicle. Testing has showed it exerts less pressure per square inch than pushing with your hands;
  • The Incident Response Service will respond to on-road incidents that affect the flow of traffic. This includes debris on the road and spills in addition to crashes and breakdowns;
  • Vehicles which are broken down will be relocated to a safe location (please note: Main Roads will not replace the RAC or towing services);
  • The Incident Response Vehicles will operate on Graham Farmer Freeway Tunnel, major Perth CBD roads and sections of the Mitchell and Kwinana Freeways from Monday to Friday from 6:00am to 6:00pm;
  • Similar services currently operate in other cities across Australia including Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

The new Incident Response Service will be complemented by the installation of up to 30 new Closed Circuit TV cameras in the City to provide more real time monitoring on the CBD road network.

The first Incident Response Vehicle is proposed to be operational in the Northbridge Tunnel by the end of the year.


Perth Causeway Bridges turn 60

[20 September 2012]

Heirisson Island played host to a small ceremony to celebrate the 60th Anniversary and Engineering Heritage Recognition of the Causeway Bridges on Wednesday 19 September.

Attended by delegates from Main Roads WA and Engineering Heritage Western Australia, the ceremony acknowledged the bridges being awarded an Engineering Heritage Marker after meeting the assessment criteria set down in Engineering Heritage Australia's Heritage Recognition Guidelines.

The bridges were officially opened on September 19, 1952, with considerable fanfare, by the Premier, The Hon Sir Ross McLarty, MLA.

An interpretive panel, detailing the history of the Causeway Bridges, will be erected in the coming months at a site viewable to the public, close to the shared path.

Perth Airport rail link route released

[13 September 2012]

A planned rail line extending from Bayswater Station (Midland line) to the future consolidated Perth Airport terminal has been announced by Transport Minister Troy Buswell.

The project has been identified in the Public Transport Network Plan as a stage 2 (2021-2031) project and will improve airport access and eastbound transport options.

The preferred route includes:

  • spur from Midland line east of Bayswater station running south-east within Tonkin Highway median as far as Stanton Road
  • at a point near Stanton Roads, line dives before tunnelling under eastbound lanes of Tonkin Highway
  • line then runs toward existing domestic airport site for a station central to the proposed business/industrial park
  • from the business park station, running directly towards a consolidated terminal, boring under the two main runways to an integrated station within the terminal area
  • alignment continues east-bound within a tunnel to an 'Airport East' station in vicinity of High Wycombe-Forrestfield area.


Get the Bigger Picture campaign launched

[9 September 2012]

The State Government launched the Get the Bigger Picture campaign website which will provide important information on Perth's major transformational projects.

The co-ordinated campaign which includes television and print advertising, posters and on-site signage, links eight major projects: Fiona Stanley public hospital; the new children's hospital; the new Perth stadium; Riverside; Perth City Link; Elizabeth Quay; the MAX light rail project; and Gateway WA.

Along with providing comprehensive information about the projects, a map of Perth updated with new travel information every three minutes with a feed from Main Roads is available to aid travellers in planning a route around any disruptions to traffic.

Visit the Get the Bigger Picture website for further information.


Speed survey shows WA drivers slowing down

[7 September 2012]

Main Roads latest speed survey shows an increasing number of Western Australians drivers are complying with speed limits.

Transport Minister Troy Buswell and Police and Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey welcomed the 2011 survey which revealed a favourable trend in metropolitan Perth seeing the proportion of vehicles exceeding speed limits by 10 km/h or more drop from 12.6 per cent in 2000 to 5.8 per cent in 2011.

Rural areas produced positive results as well with the 2011 speed limit compliance rate of 70.4 per cent representing a significant increase from a rate of 60.6 per cent in 2000.

The survey is conducted annually by Main Roads at 200 random sample sites measuring speeds of more than two million vehicles in free-flowing traffic.

Visit the Figures page to download a copy of the latest speed surveys.


WA's first light rail network gets the green light

[02 September 2012]

Premier Colin Barnett and Transport Minister Troy Buswell have announced the centrepiece of the State Government’s commitment to public transport - a new light rail system to be called Metro Area Express or MAX.

Mr Barnett and Mr Buswell unveiled details of the proposed route, which would link Mirrabooka with the CBD via Alexander Drive and Fitzgerald Street. The announcement was made at Polytechnic West (Balga Campus), the starting point of the new network.

“MAX will power Perth commuters into the future, helping to reduce congestion into the city from our inner north and manage population growth as the city expands to as many as 2.7 million people by 2031,” the Premier said.

Mr Buswell said the Government aimed to start construction in 2016, after the planning and design process was completed.

The first phase of the system, which also extends east-west through the CBD to the QEII Medical Centre and the Causeway, is scheduled to be operational by 2018.

The State Government has committed $11.8million to the planning phase of the project, which will include extensive community consultation and feasibility, engineering and design studies. "Light rail has been assessed as the most suitable option in these areas. It can move many more people in one lane than any number of buses and cars.” Mr Buswell said.

 For more information on the Metro Area Express system please visit the MAX website.


Great Southern gets Safer Country Roads

[30 August 2012]

Four major Great Southern roads will receive $7.4 million in funding from the Safer Country Roads initiative to improve safety and reduce the social and economic cost of road trauma in the State.

Transport Minister Troy Buswell announced the funding which will see the South Coast Highway, Northam-Cranbrook Road (Great Southern Highway), Albany Highway and South Western Highway receive upgrades.

Combined with Main Roads' general funding, more than $47.6 million will be spent on the Great Southern road network in 2012-13.


Funding for road upgrades in the Mid-West

[22 August 2012]

Mid-West roads are set to benefit from the Safer Country Roads initiative which will see $46.1 million invested by the State Government in road infrastructure and upgrade projects.

The immediate three-year program was announced by Transport Minister Troy Buswell who reaffirmed the Government's commitment to maintaining and further improving the vital road link between Wiluna and Meekatharra communities.

Various road infrastructure and upgrade projects will be undertaken as part of the program and will provide a substantial economic stimulus to the region and potentially generate employment opportunities for local businesses in the planning and construction phases.

The road infrastructure projects will compliment the rapid growth of the Mid-West resources section with the road upgrades to provide significant benefits for local communities, including supporting the safe and efficient movement of users and freight along two strategic regional corridors.

The major projects will be funded equally by the Government's Royalties of Regions program and Main Roads Western Australia.


Upgrades for two key Bunbury intersections

[2 August 2012]

Transport Minister Troy Buswell has announced $3m of State Government funding will go toward improving safety and easing congestion at two of Bunbury's busiest intersections.

Traffic signals will be installed at the intersection of the Australind Bypass and Vittoria road to complement the recently-completed works to signalise the Eelup Roundabout.

It is expected the signals will alleviate heavy congestion during peak times and improve safety on the popular stretch of road.

The intersection of Koombana and Estuary Drive will also be signalised and will assist movement of freight and vehicles too and from the inner harbour and complement the overall management of inter-regional traffic.


More funding to make Kimberley roads safer

[31 July 2012]

Kimberley roads are set to benefit from a $17.24m funding injection from the State Government as part of the new Safer Country Roads initiative.

Transport Minister Troy Buswell announced that three major roads will be progressively upgraded to improve safety and provide access to Aboriginal communities, pastoral stations, pearling industries and tourist destinations.

Combined with Main Roads general funding, more than $91 million will be spend on the Kimberley road network in 2012-13.

New Kimberley road projects being funded through the Safer Country Roads initiative are:

  • Great Northern Highway to Wyndham spur: $3m over 3 years to improve drainage and widen seal to 8.0 m;
  • Broome Highway (Great Northern Highway to Fong Road): $5m over the next 2 years to construct 1.0 m sealed shoulders and install audible edge lines;
  • Broome to Cape Leveque Road: $9.24 m for Stage 3 upgrade.


Big boost for safer Wheatbelt Roads

[26 July 2012]

Transport Minister Troy Buswell has launched the new Safer Country Road initiative, aimed at providing better, safer roads in regional Western Australia.

The initiative will help reduce the social and economic cost of road trauma in the State and ensure regional road infrastructure meets the growing demands of heavy vehicle traffic. 

The Safer Country Roads program is a funding pool created through a combination of several State Government sources, including Safer Roads; Local Roads; Royalties for Regions and the Road Trauma Trust Account.

Combined with Main Roads general funding and a $118 million Liberal-National Government commitment to upgrading the freight network, more than $180 million will be spent on the improving the Wheatbelt road network in 2012-13.

Perth to Darwin Highway reaches new milestone

[12 July 2012]

Planning Minister John Day has approved an amendment that outlines the proposed road reservation between Bullsbrook and Muchea for the Perth to Darwin National Highway.

The new highway will provide a more direct link between WA and the Northern Territory and become an important arterial road in the north-east corridor.

Identified by Transport Minister Troy Buswell as a priority project, the Highway has received $8 million in funding from the State Government to commence the necessary development work.

Support and additional funding from the Federal Government will be sought after as part of the next round of the National Building Program in 2014-2015.

The public submission period will close 12 October 2012. 



Changes made to Police Escort Requirements in the Perth Metropolitan Area

[2 July 2012]

Permit conditions required for Police Escorts within the Perth Metropolitan area for oversize loads have been reviewed by Main Roads in a joint effort with the State Government to cut red tape and assist the heavy haulage industry.

The review will see oversize loads, under 40 metres in length and 5.5 metres in width, travelling within the Perth Metropolitan area, being able to use an additional accredited pilot in place of a Police Escort.

In conjunction with the review, Main Roads has commenced work to establish an Oversize and Overmass (OSOM) Unit within the Heavy Vehicles office (HVO) which will become a one stop shop for transport operators.

Expected to be operational by the end of 2012, the OSOM unit will assist operators in applying for permits, traffic escorts and power utility permits and clearances, all from one location.

Additionally, Main Roads internal permitting assistance system (RAVS) was launched over the June long weekend, signifying the first stage in working towards an online permit application and payment system for release in mid 2013.


Main Roads storm clean-up well underway

[13 June 2012]

All storm affected Western Australian highways and main roads in the lower half of the State have been re-opened, with Main Roads WA continuing a major clean-up.

Executive Director of main Roads' Regional Service John Erceg said this week's storms impacted on seven of Main Roads' 10 regional operations, with the South West, Great Southern and Perth metropolitan areas most affected.

"At the height of the storms, more than 70 sets of traffic signals were blacked out, mostly in the Perth and Bunbury areas," Mr Erceg said.

"Clean-up and electrical crews have been working tirelessly around the clock since the first storm event on Sunday, clearing fallen trees from roads in the Metropolitan, South West and Great southern, and restoring signalised intersections. There were three repair crews operating or on standby in the Metropolitan areas at the height of the storm last night.

While all roads have been re-opened, motorists must use extreme caution, particularly in the South West and Great Southern, where tree debris has been pushed to the side of the road. It will take up to three weeks to remove trees from the roadside in these regions."

Mr Erceg said crews in the South had also begun replacing fallen regulatory signs.

"We lost a large number of regulatory and local signage in the strong winds, and the replacement of missing "STOP", "GIVE WAY" and speed limit signs will be a priority," he said.

"Because this will take a few days, there will be some intersection missing these signs temporarily, and I urge drivers to act with extra caution when approaching unsigned intersections."

For further information, contact or call 138 138.


Roe Highway/Great Eastern Highway Interchange open

[8 June 2012]

Transport Minister Troy Buswell announced the opening of the interchange which was delivered on time and under its $101.5 million budget.

The joint State and Federal project is expected to significantly improve safety and efficiency by allowing Roe Highway traffic to flow uninterrupted over Great Eastern Highway and will act as a major gateway to Western Australia for traffic from the Eastern States.

The project also includes:

  • a loop ramp to provide uninterrupted flow for heavy right-turn traffic movement from Roe Highway northbound to Great Eastern Highway eastbound;
  • three pedestrian underpasses;
  • a new rail bridge; and
  • a bridge over Clayton Street.

Minor finishing works and landscaping of the project site will be carried out over winter.  


Infrastructure Sustainability Rating Scheme Launched in WA

[6 June 2012]

Main Roads WA Managing Director Menno Henneveld  has launched Australia’s first national Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) rating scheme in Perth.

Infrastructure types that are covered by the scheme include transport, water and wastewater, energy and communication.  Projects and assets will be rated on a 100 point scale.  An IS rating in the range of 25 – 49 is Good practice, 50 – 74 is Excellent practice and 75 – 100 is Leading practice.

For more information on the launch of the scheme please visit our Sustainability page.


Kwinana Freeway opening of third southbound lane

[31 May 2012]

The third southbound lane on the Kwinana Freeway between Leach and Roe Highway opened to traffic on Friday 01 June 2012.

Transport Minister Troy Buswell has announced that motorists heading south for the long weekend will enjoy a less congested exit from Perth with the opening of the third lane.

Changed traffic conditions include:

  • access to the newly constructed third lane on the Kwinana Freeway from the south end of the freeway merge lane;
  • a reduced speed limit of 80km/h; and
  • works continuing near the Leach Highway off-ramp.

The lead contractor, Highway Construction is still undertaking works on the northbound lanes of the Kwinana Freeway, including variation works associated with the new Fiona Stanley Hospital. The northbound lanes are due for completion in December.

Please visit the Kwinana Freeway Widening project page for further information. 


Gateway WA flyover vision revealed

[21 May 2012]

Transport Minister Troy Buswell has revealed the first vision of the flyover for the Gateway WA Project Master Plan.

Work is set to start early next year on the project will provide a critical gateway for the effective movement of people and freight and address the future transport requirements of the Kewdale, Forrestfield and Perth Airport precinct.

The project plan identifies a series of improvements to the existing roadwork with Package 1 of the works (scheduled to be completed in early 2015) including:

  • a major freeway to freeway interchange at Tonkin Highway/Leach Highway including a new primary access road to the consolidated airport terminals;
  • a new interchange at Tonkin Highway/Horrie Miller Drive/Kewdale Road;
  • a new interchange at Leach Highway/Abernathy Road;
  • upgrading Leach Highway between Orrong Road and Tonkin Highway to an expressway standard and associated upgrades to roads and intersections in the Kewdale Freight precinct; and
  • a principal share path along Tonkin and Leach Highway.

Package 2 of the works, expected to be finalised in 2017 includes:

  • upgrading of the existing Tonkin Highway/Roe Highway interchange to a partial freeway to freeway interchange;
  • upgrading Tonkin Highway between Great Eastern Highway and Roe Highway to six lanes; and
  • a new interchange at Bound Avenue.

A vision of the flyover for the Gateway WA Project Master Plan (WMV 18 MB) is available to view.

Please visit the Gateway WA Project page for further information.


Eelup Roundabout opened a month ahead of schedule

[21 May 2012]

The traffic signals at Eelup Roundabout were switched on early morning on Monday 21 May 2012 making Eelup the first signalised roundabout in Western Australia.

Transport Minister Troy Buswell announced the completion of the upgrade which will improve safety and efficiency for 40,000 road users who use Eelup Roundabout each day.

The signalisation of the roundabout was part of the $16m Stage One upgrade and will help to increase the roundabouts capacity to cope with projected future traffic growth at the intersection.

Please visit the Eelup Roundabout Project page for further information.


Managed Freeways to improve congestion

[17 May 2012]

Transport Minister Troy Buswell announced today that $31 million had been provided in the State Budgets for a traffic management pilot project that will utilise cutting edge technology to ameliorate congestion on Perth's freeways. 

The funds will be used to undertake project development works with a view to establishing a trial for this initiative. Further details will be announced in coming months.

Main Roads currently uses new technology to help manage congestion and and improve journey time. Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) technology helps manage and control traffic better, particularly when congestion is experienced, or when incident or special events occur.

This additional funding will enable Main Roads to enhance its systems and indentify areas for further improvement.

For further information, contact or call 138 138


State budget outlines key transport projects for 2012-13

[18 May 2012]

The State Government has announced a $3.9b investment in new and ongoing transport projects and programs in 2012-13 with the aim to deliver balanced transport solutions to benefit all road users, cyclists, pedestrians and industry.

The funding will assist in creating a sustainable and integrated transport network to help manage the impact of major projects such as the Perth Waterfront Development and Perth City Link and cater for Western Australia's growing population.

Some of the funding highlights include:

  • $105m to address CBD congestion;
  • $57m to increase capacity on the Graham Farmer  Freeway tunnel and Mitchell Freeway;
  • $47.6m to provide new CAT buses and CBD cycle and bus lanes;
  • $31.5m for a traffic management trial to manage Freeway congestion;
  • $97m for road safety projects across the state;
  • $28m to improve Perth's principal share path network network; and
  • $1b to develop the Gateway WA project.

Throughout 2012-13 work will also continue on the:

  • $609m public transport component of the Perth City Link project;
  • $241m Joondalup railway line extension to Butler; and
  • $267.3m upgrade of the Great Eastern Highway from Kooyong Road to Tonkin Highway.

Please visit our Projects page for further information regarding current Urban, Rural and Perth CBD Projects.

For more information on the CBD Transport Plan please visit the Department of Transport project page.


$28m boost for cycling infrastructure announced

[15 May 2012]

West Australian cyclists are set to benefit from a major funding boost of $28m to go toward improving cycling infrastructure over the next two years.

Transport Minister Troy Buswell and Treasurer Christian Porter announced the funding which will be used to deliver targeted projects to address infrastructure gaps and provide safe routes for cyclists.

In line with the Bicycle Network Plan (44 page PDF 1 MB), Perth's principal shared path network will be improved within a 15 km radius of Perth CBD and bicycle network grants across the state will increase.

The funding supplements the $2.66m already spent annually on cycling and will enable large sections of principal shared paths to be constructed, ensuring all West Australians have access to sustainable methods of transport.


State Government unveils funding package to improve road safety in WA

[15 May 2012]

Road Safety Minister Rob Johnson announced an $87.7 million funding package to implement significant road safety measures across Western Australia.

A key aim of the package will be to make roads safer by upgrading metropolitan intersections and improving roadside safety on regional roads in line with the governments twelve year Towards Zero road safety strategy.

Some of the funding highlights include:

  • $21.6 million for safety upgrades to metropolitan intersections to be carried out by Main Roads WA and local governments;
  • $20.1 million for regional and remote road and roadside safety improvements which are currently being identified by Main Roads WA;
  • $11.4 million to reduce impaired driving;
  • $17.9 million to reduce speeding which will see Main Roads WA install electronic school zone signs and test feasibility of traffic safety management cameras;
  • $3.4 million on improving vehicle safety; and
  • $11.6 million on community initiatives.


Wellington Street works in progress

[8 May 2012]

Roadworks will begin on Saturday 12 May to facilitate Perth Station upgrades for Perth City Link which will see Wellington Street reduced to one lane in both directions between William Street and the Forrest Place pedestrian crossing until late 2012.

As part of the works, the stairs on the Wellington Street side of the Horseshoe Bridge will be demolished and all bus stops between William Street and Barrack Street, including CAT stops, will close.

Please visit the Metro Works & Events page for further information.


State Government pledges $105m to address CBD congestion

[24 April 2012]

Transport Minister Troy Buswell announced a $47.6m 2012-2013 budget package to ensure the CBD has a sustainable transport network to accommodate a growing population and major city projects such as the Perth Waterfront development and Perth City Link.

Combined with the $57m already allocated to the Graham Farmer Freeway and Mitchell Freeway upgrades, the plan will ensure that the needs of drivers, users of public transport, pedestrians and cyclists are met. The plan involves:

  • active traffic management to provide information to road users and incident response crews through the use of CCTV cameras;
  • additional Red CAT buses in operation from July 2012, and the introduction of the new Green CAT service in July 2013 to travel between Leederville and Esplanade stations via City West; and
  • construction of new cycle paths and bus lanes.

For more information on the CBD Transport Plan please visit the Department of Transport project page.


New intersection improves access to and from the Perth International Terminal

[17 April 2012]

A new intersection on Tonkin Highway has been opened, providing additional access to and from the International Terminal at Perth Airport and substantially improving traffic congestion in the local area.

The intersection is located north of the current Tonkin Highway/Leach Highway intersection and connects Tonkin Highway to Dunreath Drive on the Perth Airport estate which leads to the International Airport.

For further information about the intersection and works, including a map of the new intersection, please visit the Perth Airport website.


Barrack St Bridge and Wellington Street works in progress

[16 April 2012]

Work has commenced on Barrack Street Bridge and Wellington Street to facilitate the upgrade of Perth Station which will:

  • provide operational flexibility for the metropolitan train network and ensure future public transport needs can be met; and
  • create seamless transfer for passengers from Perth Underground to all platforms in Perth station.

Northbound lanes of the Barrack Street Bridge will remain open, however the southbound lanes will be closed.

Motorists are advised to use William Street and Lord Street to access the CBD.

Please visit the Metro Works & Events page for further information.


Northbridge Tunnel widening commencing soon

[6 March 2012]

Works will commence shortly to accommodate a third traffic lane in the Graham Farmer Freeway tunnel and increase lane capacity on the Mitchell Freeway.

Transport Minister Troy Buswell announced the project on Sunday 4 March, saying the works, worth $57m, would:

  • provide an alternative east-west route for CBD traffic;
  • adjust merging arrangements onto Mitchell Freeway; and
  • redirect traffic exiting at Vincent and Powis Streets.

These works will therefore assist to manage the impact of major projects such as the Perth Waterfront development.

The project is part of a package of transport solutions to improve the operation of the CBD road network and address the challenge of Perth’s increasing population.
Perth Waterfront is one of the most significant developments in Australia and will see Riverside Drive realigned to allow traffic to flow into Barrack and William streets.
Although traffic will still flow around the development, traffic modelling on the impact of the diversion on Graham Farmer Freeway indicates an additional 14,500 vehicles per day will be redirected through the tunnel, and it is the intention that work on the tunnel will be complete and operational before the Riverside Drive diversion
Beginning this month, Main Roads will consult with the road construction industry about procurement options to deliver the works, set to be completed within the next two years. The works involve:

  • providing an extra lane in the Graham Farmer Freeway tunnel,
  • building an additional lane on Mitchell Freeway northbound from Graham Farmer Freeway to Hutton Street; widening traffic bridges over Powis St, Vincent St and Scarborough Beach Road; and
  • building an on-ramp from Loftus Street exit of Mitchell Freeway

Works on the Graham Farmer Freeway tunnel begin in July 2012 and are expected to be finished by May 2013, with the additional freeway works to be completed by November 2013.


Main Roads Achieves International Recognition for Sustainability

[7 November 2011]

Main Roads WA has achieved international recognition for its 2011 Annual Report’s public sustainability reporting and accountability processes. 

Main Roads Managing Director Menno Henneveld said today that the State road agency had attained recognition for its reporting processes against the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) - the first Australian Public Sector agency to achieve such an accolade.

The GRI was created in the late 1990’s and is a network-based organisation that produces a comprehensive sustainability reporting framework now widely used around the world.  Reports based on the GRI Framework are used to demonstrate organisational commitment to sustainable development, to compare organisational performance over time, to measure organisational performance and to promote a standardised approach to reporting, ranging from ‘A status’ which reflects a high level of disclosure to ‘C status’ for ‘beginners’.


“Main Roads first publically reported its progress against the GRI framework in its 2009 Annual Report as has continued to improve its practices and performance which has culminated in the agency attaining both third party accreditation and GRI checked ‘B status’ for its 2011 Annual Report,” Mr Henneveld said.   

“Last year 395 international organisations attained a GRI checked status and of these just 11 were Australian companies.”


“GRI checked organisations represent some of the largest companies in the world and for Main Roads to be able to compare its approaches to sustainability and accountability against these multinational organisations emphasises the value and importance of this achievement.”

The Main Roads Annual Report 2011 is now available to view.

Please visit the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) website for further information about a reporting framework. 


Public Transport for Perth in 2031 released

[14 July 2011]

The newly released Public Transport for Perth in 2031 document is the State Government’s vision for improved and expanded public transport in Perth.

The plan will play a vital role in addressing congestion and accessibility issues as Perth grows to an expected population of 2.5 million by 2031.

This plan identifies the main public transport infrastructure needs and the links required between major activity centres such as universities and Perth Airport.

Key initiatives include the introduction of light rail, the development of rapid transit corridors, expansion of the rail network and more buses and trains.

The comment period for this plan closes on 14 October.  Comments will be considered by the Department of Transport before a final plan is released.

Please visit Department of Transport website for further information about Public Transport for Perth in 2031.



Modified: 25 Jul 2014