Plans of upgrading High Street - between Stirling Street and Carrington Street - in Fremantle, Western Australia is moving forward with the tender phase anticipated to begin in October of this year and construction to begin in the second half of 2019.
The proposed $118 million upgrade will include:
- A roundabout at the High Street and Stirling Street intersection
- A wide median that will separate traffic and preserve a number of mature trees
- A single lane service road for residents north of High Street
Source: Main Roads WA
The current alignment of the Stirling Street to Carrington Street section of High Street has direct access to some local roads and driveways, resulting in a stop-start condition along the route and increasing the risk of accidents.
Main Roads WA stated on its project update: “Currently High Street between Stirling Street and Carrington Street is experiencing significant traffic congestion impacting on traffic efficiencies and safety.”
“There is also a high crash rate along the route which needs to be addressed,” Main Roads WA added.
The proposed upgrade will remedy the current traffic situation as well as improve safety along High Street for motorists travelling in and out of Fremantle. Upgrading High Street between Stirling Street and Carrington Street is also estimated to create up to 700 direct and indirect jobs.
Main Roads WA will be working closely with the City of Fremantle in finalising the concept plans for the High Street upgrade and to assist in addressing issues with local access.
This project is jointly funded by the Australian and State Governments, with each investing approximately $73.6 million and $44.4 million respectively.
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