19 November 2013

Next traffic phase for our changing city

  • Elizabeth Quay

A new road providing direct access from the western suburbs into the city opened this week, marking completion of a number of significant roadworks around the CBD. (View the maps below)

Stephen Troughton, Managing Director Main Roads WA said the people of Perth had been adjusting well to the volume of changes in the CBD and he thanked everyone for their patience as the city moved into this next phase of traffic changes in the CBD. 

“We have been working hard to deliver projects that address Perth CBD congestion. The successful addition of extra lanes in the Northbridge Tunnel has provided significant time savings for commuters,” Mr Troughton said.

“Additional benefits of the $57million project will be realised with the completion of the Mitchell Freeway widening from the city through to Hutton Street, which is on schedule for all new lanes to be operational by the end of 2013.”

In addition, an $8.2million investment in a new, free Green CAT service between Leederville and Perth CBD, has been in operation since July 2013 and joins the three existing CAT services. 

Extensive works to upgrade infrastructure around the Elizabeth Quay site are also now complete with lane closures lifted on The Esplanade and Mounts Bay Road and William Street reopened to two-way traffic.

Kieran Kinsella, CEO Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority said the works included construction of a new citybound link from Point Lewis Roundabout, under the Narrows Bridge and along to river, connecting with the new northbound lanes of William Street. 

“A key focus of the Elizabeth Quay works program was to complete these roadworks prior to the permanent diversion of Riverside Drive, which will come into effect from January 27, 2014,” Mr Kinsella said.

“Bringing the city and the river together again isn’t without challenge but these changes will allow this area of the city to be more people friendly with great benefits for residents, workers and tourists alike.”

Mr Troughton said Main Roads WA had been working closely with the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, City of Perth, Public Transport Authority and the Department of Transport on the coordination of all CBD roadworks projects.

“These agencies continue to work closely together to ensure that the impact on road users is minimised wherever possible as we enter the next phase of traffic changes in the city.”

“A number of changes - including temporary closure of Barrack Street northbound, works to facilitate sinking the Wellington Street Bus Station and the permanent diversion of Riverside Drive in late January, will come in to effect over the next few months, creating a new phase of CBD traffic management for commuters.”

Fact File

  • Barrack Street northbound, from Riverside Drive to The Esplanade, will be temporarily closed from 1 December 2013 until late January 2014
  • $57m Mitchell Freeway and Northbridge tunnel project forms part of the State Government's Perth CBD Transport Plan to address Perth CBD congestion
  • For more information on CBD traffic changes including maps visit Main Roads WA's website.