High Street Upgrade
Stirling Highway to Carrington Street
Currently, High Street between Stirling Highway and Carrington Street is experiencing significant traffic congestion. There is also a high crash rate along this 1.5 km route and heightened safety risks for both road users and pedestrians.
This project hopes to address these issues and improve the general flow of traffic for everyone travelling in and out of Fremantle.
Following consultation with the City of Fremantle and previous feedback from local residents and stakeholders, we developed a new draft concept plan.
To upgrade High Street, we will:
- Add a new roundabout at the intersection of High Street and Stirling Highway
- Create a wide median on High Street to separate traffic lanes and preserve a number of mature trees
- Build a single lane one-way service road for residents on the northern side of High Street
- Construct a new underpass at the junction of Forrest Street and Stirling Highway
- Add a new underpass at the junction of Montreal Street and High Street
The project has made good progress over the last two months
Westbound traffic was recently switched onto its permanent alignment adjacent to the Fremantle Golf Course and the eastbound and westbound lanes are now separated by the tree-lined median. Once the eastbound lanes and service road to the north are finalised, the layout will improve safety and amenity for residents and road users alike.
Underpass construction is well progressed with final excavations on the east side of Forrest Street and the north side of Montreal Street both well advanced.
Works on the permanent roundabout are also progressing well, and the majority of the new noise walls are now in place around the intersection, providing the benefit of noise reduction to the local residents. Project completion is scheduled for August-2021.
Horrie Long Reserve reinstatement works
The drainage infiltration ecoAID cells and filtration traps at Horrie Long Reserve have been installed and backfill is now complete. Final park reinstatement works will begin from the week starting Tuesday, 6 April. Please view our April Construction Update for more information on the reinstatement program.
From 7 December, a temporary roundabout replaced traffic signals at High Street and Stirling Highway. The temporary roundabout will:
- enable the project to be completed with fewer disruptive traffic switches, minimising driver confusion and improving safety; and
- provide construction access to larger sections of the intersection, to help construct the permanent roundabout more efficiently.
As more of the permanent roundabout is constructed, traffic will be moved to the new sections in stages until the permanent roundabout is commissioned in mid-2021.
Due to space constraints, the roundabout will not include capacity for right turn movements from Stirling Highway southbound to High Street westbound. Signed traffic detours will be in place via Tydeman Road, North Fremantle and Marmion Street, Fremantle.
Traffic changes and updates
- We are temporarily realigning southbound traffic to enable construction of the new Forrest Street underpass.
- High Street lanes near Carrington Street will be realigned and reduced in width. Traffic will no longer be permitted to turn right into or from High Street at Wilkinson Street, Chudleigh Street and Onslow Street
During construction, equipment and vehicle movements may create some noise, vegetation and dust. To minimise disturbance as much as possible, we will continue to monitor and test throughout the project. Where necessary, we may modify construction activities.
Pedestrian and cyclist updates
As part of the project, two pedestrian underpasses will be constructed, one at Forrest Street and another at Montreal Street. Both underpasses will improve pedestrian and cyclist connectivity and provide safe crossing points at Stirling Highway and High Street.
- Forrest Street underpass will be constructed in stages to maintain traffic flow along Stirling Highway.
- There will be some changes to lanes during construction. We will update residents and motorists about all traffic conditions and work zones.
- Some vegetation clearing is required to construct the underpass. The majority of the clearing is non-native plants, and we have announced two tree-planting initiatives.
- To construct the new Forrest Street underpass, the Holland and Forrest Street pedestrian and cyclist crossings are closed. Pedestrians and cyclists are currently being detoured via Marmion Street or High Street.
- To improve pedestrian and cyclist safety at the intersection of Marmion Street and Stirling Highway, the right turning movement from Marmion Street (eastbound) to Stirling Highway (southbound) will be closed from 10 June. This closure is expected to be in place until mid-2021. Learn more in our June Roadworks Update.
The southern section of the intersection of Wood Street and Forrest Street
- Closed for 16 weeks from Tuesday 6 April 2021
- The closure is required due to excavation works for the western section of the new Forrest Street underpass
- Access to Wood Street properties residents between Forrest Street and Holland Street will be via Holland Street.
- Wood Street north of Forrest Street access to remain open.
- Wood Street south of Holland Street and Holland Street between Amherst Street and Wood Street not impacted by the closure.
- Roadworks Update (Word doc, 6.28 MB)
We have undertaken every effort to minimise impact on the surrounding environment, particularly established trees.
- Out of 245 large trees located in the project area, we will retain 72% of them.
- No current or potential nesting hollows for black cockatoos are affected.
- 13 established tuart trees were saved due to design changes, including specimens aged between 40 and 50 years old.
- 28 trees will be preserved as part of a tree-lined median. This will provide an attractive gateway into Fremantle.
We are finalising an extensive landscaping and revegetation strategy. Ultimately, the overall revegetation program ensures that for each tuart tree removed for the High Street Upgrade project, more than 200 new ones will be planted.
There are two key parts to this program:
- Localised planning
We are working with the City of Fremantle and local community and conservation groups to revegetate Booyeembara Park as tuart woodland. Nearly 5,000 plants will be planted as part of this initiative, including over 400 tuart trees.
- Large-scale tuart planning
The project will support the purchase and planting of 4,000 new tuart trees through a partnership with conservation group, A Trillion Trees. Volunteers from this group will plant these trees in key sites across Perth, including Whiteman Park. The planting will begin in the winter months of 2020.
Environmental review documents
- High Street Upgrade Compliance Assessment Plan 2020 - PDF (22.4 MB)
- Environmental Approval - PDF (2.93 MB)
- High Street Upgrade Compliance Assessment Plan 2019 - PDF (422 KB)
- Appendix 1: Prepared Environmental Scoping Document - PDF (787 KB)
- Appendix 2: Community Feedback Survey - PDF (2.61 MB)
- Appendix 3: Black Cockatoo Assessment - PDF (2.36 MB)
- Appendix 4: Air Assessment - PDF (2.62 MB)
- Appendix 5: Noise Assessment - PDF (5.7 MB)
- Environmental Review Document Final EPA Assessment 2181 - PDF (4.27 MB)
- April to May 2018: Community feedback
- April 2018 to March 2019: Project updates available
- November 2018 to June 2019: Tender phase
- November 2019: Contract awarded
- Early 2020: Construction began
- Mid-2021: Construction ends
The Australian and State Government jointly funded this $118 million project.
Maps, Designs and Information Sheets
- Noise Wall fact sheet - Word document (3.54 MB)
- Temporary Roundabout Fact Sheet - PDF (0.98 MB)
- Temporary Roundabout FAQs - Word document (255 KB)
- Project Map - October 2020 - PDF (1.12 MB)
- Fact Sheet - Drainage Works - PDF (701 KB)
- Updated concept plan - August 2018 - PDF (8.68 MB)
- Noise Wall location map - October 2018 - PDF (5.77 MB)
- Minimising impacts on trees infographic - PDF (2.34 MB)
- Tuart planting initiative information sheet - Word Document (537 KB)
- FAQs for noise mitigation - PDF (185 KB)
- Community feedback summary - PDF (551 KB)
- Project information sheet - April 2018 - PDF (193 KB)
- Draft concept plan - March 2018 - PDF (1.59 MB)
Project and Construction updates
- Construction Update - April 2021 - Word document (1.91 MB)
- Construction Update - December 2020 - Word document (.99 MB)
- Construction Update - November 2020 - Word document (2.12 MB)
- Construction Update - September 2020 - PDF (1.12 MB)
- Project Update - July 2020 - PDF (370 KB)
- Project Update - June 2020 - PDF (420 KB)
- Construction Update - April 2020 - PDF (494 KB)
- Construction Update 1 - March 2020 - PDF (500 KB)
- Construction Update 2 - March 2020 - Word Document (946 KB)
- Project Update - January 2020 - PDF (3.13 MB)
- Early Works Update - November 2019 - Word Document (466 KB)
- Project newsletter - August 2018 - PDF (1.96 MB)
- Project Update - July 2018 - PDF (430 KB)
- Noise and Vibration Management Plan - PDF (1.11 MB)
- Construction begins for Fremantle High St upgrade - 22 January 2020
- Improved safety and congestion relief on the way for High Street - 6 March 2018
- Options for High Street and Stirling Highway to be developed - 12 May 2017
Residents' drop-in session information pack - March 2019
- Location and extent of proposed noise walls map - PDF (1.31 MB)
- Forrest Street Underpass Preliminary Design - PDF (1.98 MB)
- Forrest Street Underpass Visualisation and Crime Prevention - PDF (235 KB)
- Examples of other Underpass and noise wall from recent works on Leach Highway, Tonkin Highway and Reid Highway - PDF (13.3 MB)
- Urban and Landscape Design Objectives - PDF (91.4 KB)
- High Street noise wall letter sent to residents - Word Document (27.2 KB)
Improve safety and freight efficiency
Increase traffic flow
Improve connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists
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