Main Roads has released a concept plan for the new-look intersection at Ocean Reef and Wanneroo Roads and is currently assessing proposals for design and construction of the $65 million project.
A contract is expected to be awarded by the end of the year which will include building a road bridge as well as on and off ramps with traffic signals.
Main Roads developed the concept design after considering options to meet current and future traffic needs, but said the final configuration would be determined during the detailed design stage after it awards the contract.
Plans include installing a U-turn facility on Wanneroo Road, north of Villanova and south of East Road, to help southbound motorists.
Vehicles will still be allowed to turn right from Wanneroo Road into Villanova Street, and left-turns in and out of the junction.
The new design will remove access to Cockman House from Ocean Reef Road, and new parking and access will be constructed via a new road off Woodvale Drive.
A project Community Reference Group has been established including residents from Regent Waters Estate, Pearsall and Woodvale to provide feedback during planning and construction.
According to the 2017 Australian Road Research Board Report, the Wanneroo and Ocean Reef Roads intersection was ranked Perth’s 13th most congested intersection and there were 197 crashes there, including 167 rear-end crashes, between 2013 and 2017.
Federeral Member for Moore, Ian Goodenough MP said that he is happy to see the project moving forward after receiving $51.84 million of Federal Government funding.
“Upon completion this project will not only improve the safety of the intersection but significantly reduce the travel time of commuters, allowing them to spend more time with their families.”