Congestion in Perth for heavy vehicles and commuters will ease with the opening of the new Tonkin Highway, the Western Australian government has announced.
Touted as a state-of-the art transport link between Morley and Muchea, the $821 million NorthLink WA project is expected to divert 80 per cent of commercial vehicles away from Great Northern Highway.
Perth motorists between Ballajura, Malaga and Beechboro, according to a statement from the WA Government, can expect to arrive home sooner and safer.
Completion of the NorthLink WA project is expected later in 2019.
WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the flyover at Marshall Road was a welcome safety initiative as grade separation is safer than a signalised intersection, eliminating the potential for conflict and allowing for smoother traffic flow.
“As part of the overall network of changes, the Marshall Road flyover will ultimately deliver faster, safer travel times for motorists,” she said.
“Changes brought about by NorthLink WA will free up local roads for local traffic and give local streets back to local communities.”
Cyclists and pedestrians will be diverted onto the flyover via a temporary footpath along the northern side of Marshall Road, which connects to the existing path on Beechboro Road North.
It will also separate traffic from the works, allowing construction to progress on Tonkin Highway near Marshall Road.