THE long-awaited first stage of construction of the four-lane, dual carriageway on Gnangara Road was opened to traffic just before Christmas.
The road section, from about 400m west of Drumpellier Drive to the Lord Street roundabout in Ellenbrook, cost the City of Swan more the $3.3 million.
The project included the installation of new traffic lights at the intersection of Gnangara Road and Drumpellier Drive.
The State Government will contribute $6.6 million to assist the City in stage two of the project – the construction of dual carriageway between Beechboro Road North and Drumpellier Drive.
Traffic lights will be installed at the major intersection of Beechboro Road and Gnangara Road – recently named as one of the most dangerous in WA.
The Government has also committed $14 million to complete the remaining 7.9km section of Gnangara Road – between Alexander Drive and Beechboro Road North – in financial years 2013-14 and 2014-15.
Residents have long complained to the Government and City over the growing volume of traffic on the major arterial road.
Traffic volumes on Gnangara Road now exceed more than 25,000 vehicles each day between Ellenbrook and Alexander Drive and there have been almost 300 crashes on the road section in the past five years.
City of Swan councillor Natasha Cheung said the recent roadwork would contribute to an improvement in safety and traffic flow.
“I am well aware of what an important issue this is to our community,” she said.
“Stage 1 of the Gnangara Road upgrade will help address the concern residents have for road safety and traffic congestion.”
The recent work on Gnangara Road is the first in a series of major projects to improve road safety across the region.
Others include the construction of a roundabout at the intersection of Gnangara Road at West Swan Road and the installation of traffic lights at the Lord Street-Reid Highway intersection.