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
More project milestones achievedThe High Street Upgrade has reached some significant recent milestones, with noise wall installation and asphalting of the new westbound carriageway underway, and the commissioning a temporary roundabout. To find out more, please view our December Construction Update.
Horrie Long Reserve - Drainage infiltration system installation
Works to upgrade the storm water network by installing a drainage infiltration system underneath Horrie Long Reserve, Fremantle are progressing well.
From Monday 30 November, fencing in the park will be extended to start:
- Delivery and installation of the gross pollutant trap (GPT) and two hydrocarbon traps (Humeceptors)
- Excavation in the area of the reserve where the ecoAID cells will be installed
Access to the cricket pitch will not be available at this time. The playground, basketball court and amenity block will remain accessible from Forrest Street. For more information, see our latest Construction Update.
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.
Horrie Long Reserve Drainage Works
The project includes an innovative and sustainable drainage solution, whereby an infiltration basin will be installed underneath Horrie Long Reserve.
Moving the drainage cells away from the High Street and Stirling Highway intersection will create new landscaping opportunities and allow us to improve the local path network.
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.
Noise wall designs bring local heritage to life
Noise wall footings have been installed in the areas surrounding the new roundabout and underpasses. Posts and panel installation commenced in mid-December and will continue into early 2021. The noise wall patterns and colour scheme feature a distinctive Terrazo tile design, drawing upon a largely-unknown piece of local heritage. Find our latest Fact Sheet to find out more.
High Street near Wilkinson Street
- Westbound reduced to one lane and speed reduced to 40 km/h until March 2021
- Construction of a new westbound lane and retaining wall at Royal Fremantle Golf Club
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 - 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)