[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 $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.
[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.
[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:
Visit the Kwinana Freeway Widening Project page for further information about the project.
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:
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.
[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 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.
[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.
[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.
[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.
[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:
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:
[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.
[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.
[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.
[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:
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:
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.
[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.
[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:
[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.
[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.
[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.
[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.
[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.
[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.
[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:
[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.
[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.
[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.
[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."
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[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:
Minor finishing works and landscaping of the project site will be carried out over winter.
[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.
[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:
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.
[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:
Package 2 of the works, expected to be finalised in 2017 includes:
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.
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.
[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.
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[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:
Throughout 2012-13 work will also continue on the:
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.
[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.
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.
[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.
[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:
[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.
[16 April 2012]
Work has commenced on Barrack Street Bridge and Wellington Street to facilitate the upgrade of Perth Station which will:
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.
[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:
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:
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.
[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.
[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.