04/04/2008 - 15:47

Govt plans Freo road changes near port

04/04/2008 - 15:47

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The state government has announced plans to turn High Street in East Fremantle into a four-lane divided road, the latest step in its efforts to cope with heavy truck movements to and from Fremantle port.

The state government has announced plans to turn High Street in East Fremantle into a four-lane divided road, the latest step in its efforts to cope with heavy truck movements to and from Fremantle port.

 

A statement is pasted below:

 

Freight network reform continues on High Street

A major study into the proposed upgrade of High Street, Fremantle to a four-lane divided road between Carrington Street and Stirling Highway is under way.

The study is part of the Government's ongoing reform to the freight network across Perth's southern metropolitan region.

Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the study would ensure the upgrade provided a safer, more user-friendly road environment for nearby residents and road-users.

"The upgrade was an important recommendation of the Local Impacts Committee chaired by Riverton MLA Tony McRae, to improve traffic management through the southern suburbs and in and out of the Fremantle Port," Ms MacTiernan said.

"The study will identify and investigate measures to improve safety and amenity along the 1.5km section of four-lane road bordering the Royal Fremantle Golf Club.

"The improvements proposed are for a four-lane divided road, which will cater for existing and predicted traffic well into the future.

"The upgrade will include significantly improving the streetscape and reducing the noise levels that currently impact nearby residents."

The Minister said High Street was part of the major east-west transport route linking the Kewdale freight terminal with the Fremantle Inner Harbour and carried a high rate of heavy vehicles daily.

A Department for Planning and Infrastructure project team would consult with local residents, key interest groups and relevant Government agencies to determine the best upgrade option.

"Community and stakeholder consultation will include workshops at which residents can have input into a number of road upgrade options," Ms MacTiernan said.

Mr McRae said this work was part of improvements to the freight network to reduce the effect of freight on residents, to make the region's roads safer and to create an efficient transport network.

The study will commence with a community workshop in May 2008 and will take up to 12 months.

More information about the study is available on telephone 1800 012 498 or online at http://www.dpi.wa.gov.au/highstreet

 

 

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