Works Proceed Towards Diamond Interchange For Reid Highway

Works Proceed Towards Diamond Interchange For Reid Highway

Western Australia Minister for Transport Simon O’Brien

Milestone Reached On New Reid Highway Overpass At Alexander Drive

Victor P Taffa

Bridge Beams for the new Reid Highway Overpass at Alexander Drive were erected this weekend, heralding a major milestone in the $29 Million Construction Project.

Transport Minister Simon O’Brien inspected the construction site today, where 16 pre-fabricated steel beams have been lifted into place by a 350-tonne crane since Friday night.

Mr. O’Brien said the new overpass was being designed and built by Abigroup Contractors Pty Ltd on behalf of Main Roads WA. The Project is jointly funded by the State and Federal Governments, with a $19 Million contribution coming from the State Government.

“Building started in June and is on schedule for completion in mid-2011.” the Minister said.

“The completed interchange will include two separate bridges along Reid Highway over Alexander Drive to carry four lanes of traffic, leaving space in between for future public transport facilities, as well as signalised on and off ramps.”

“Alexander Drive has been widened to include Bus Lanes in both directions. There will be a double right turn for Alexander Drive southbound traffic, turning on to Reid Highway.” Mr. O’Brien said.

The Minister said the original intersection of Reid Highway and Alexander Drive opened in September 1991 as part of the Highway’s Staged Construction between Mirrabooka Avenue and Beechboro Road.

“Although it was originally built at-grade, the ultimate plan has always been to upgrade to a Diamond Interchange.” Mr. O’Brien said.

“With this in mind and some careful attention to detail in the early Planning Phase the original at-grade intersection was built on the ultimate alignment of the northern on and off ramps to ensure a smooth transition to the future interchange.”

The next major milestone in the Construction Project will be the temporary diversion of westbound traffic on Reid Highway on to the ramps. This is expected before Christmas and enables Abigroup to begin building of the Final Bridge Deck.