Transport Minister Simon O’Brien opened the extension of Reid Highway from West Swan Road to Great Northern Highway on 26 February 2010. A media release was issued about the opening.
The public art works at the old Whiteman Bridge site have now been completed. The public art at this site has been developed to improve amenity and includes carvings in the retained old bridge piles that depict native plants and animals that can be found in the local area. These can now be enjoyed by all visitors to the Middle Swan Reserve.
The project involved the construction of 2.6 km of dual carriageway between West Swan Road and Great Northern Highway in Middle Swan with left in, left out off both Reid Highway carriageways adjacent to Bandyup Prison; provision of a service road south of the highway; and a road underpass connecting the new service road with the western section of the existing Middle Swan Road.
A new road bridge over the Swan River accommodated four lanes of traffic (replacing the old two lane bridge) and a separate shared path facility. The bridge height and length were determined to accommodate the 100 year flood event and ensure that backwater stays within acceptable limits. This required the removal of the existing Whiteman Bridge, and the removal of most of the bridge piers from the river which has improved the ability of river craft to navigate this section of the Swan River.
The project also included modifications to the existing signalised Great Northern Highway / Roe Highway / Reid Highway intersection to improve traffic safety and efficiency.
The most significant improvements to the intersection were:
The bridges on Great Northern Highway immediately north of the intersection have been widened to allow for improvements in vehicle storage prior to the signals and improve the level of service for all vehicles on Great Northern Highway.
A Construction Reference Group (CRG) comprising many of the members of the Community Working Group and other special interest groups represented stakeholders to ensure that the interests of stakeholders were considered and addressed by the project wherever possible. Main Roads thanks the members of the CRG for their time and contribution to the successful delivery of the project.
Locality Map - Reid Hwy from West Swan Rd to Great Northern Hwy