Traffic signals an interim solution for busy WA route


A busy intersection in Hamersley, Western Australia, will be upgraded to ease congestion and improve safety

October 15, 2012

A busy intersection in Hamersley, Western Australia, will be upgraded to ease congestion and improve safety.

The State Government has set aside $5.2 million for the Department of Main Roads plan to install traffic signals on the intersection of Mitchell Freeway and Reid highway and create double turning lanes as an interim solution to improving traffic efficiency.

More than 27,000 vehicles travel through the site each day, with the modifications set to reduce ‘rat running’ where drivers use Duffy Road South to access Reid Highway from Mitchell Freeway, Premier Colin Barnett says.

"This intersection is becoming increasingly busy, particularly during peak periods," Barnett says.

"Double turning lanes will be created on the Mitchell Freeway northbound off-ramp and northbound on-ramp as well as the freeway’s southbound on-ramp."

Transport Minister Troy Buswell believes the long-term solution for the intersection is to make Reid Highway a dual carriageway between Duffy Road and Erindale Road and to build a new traffic bridge across the Mitchell Freeway.

"Main Roads will continue planning work for consideration in future State Budgets," Buswell says.

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