Western Australia Minister for Transport Simon O’ Brien
Reid Highway Extension Opened
Victor P Taffa
Western Australia Minister for Transport Minister Simon O’Brien today opened the extension of Reid Highway from West Swan Road to Great Northern Highway.
Mr. O’Brien said the $96 Million project involved the construction of 2.6 km dual carriageway between West Swan Road and Great Northern Highway in Middle Swan; the provision of a road underpass and service road to facilitate safe local access; and significant improvements to the signalised intersection at Great Northern Highway.
It also involved building a new road bridge across the Swan River designed to accommodate four lanes of traffic; and a separate shared cycle and pedestrian path.
“The opening of this important road link is in line with the Liberal-National Government wanting to support jobs, as well as the broader economy, through investing in the State’s infrastructure.” the Minister said.
“Despite strong economic conditions, the previous Labor government ignored the obvious need to address road infrastructure deficiencies in Perth’s growing north-eastern corridor.”
“The previous government had promised this extension would be completed by 2008. We are now delivering on what they failed to do.”
Mr. O’Brien said the intersection improvements at Great Northern Highway would result in significant reductions in delays and queue lengths.
Other benefits resulting from the new section of highway included:
- Improved safety for road users;
- Improved access to areas of potential employment and residential growth in the middle and outer suburbs of Perth;
- Reduced congestion;
- Reduced freight costs;
- Provision of safe passing opportunities for motorists.
- Providing a more direct route to and from Industrial Areas, Sea and Air Facilities in the Metropolitan areas of:
- Canning Vale,
The Minister said while work on the main alignment was now completed and the bulk of the work finished, there was still some additional work to be finalised associated with the change over from Middle Swan Road to Reid Highway and the new bridge over Jane Brook.
Mr. O’Brien also praised the work of Main Roads WA and Macmahon in bringing this important infrastructure project to a successful completion.