Manning Road on-ramp campaign
This is one of my long-running community campaigns which I began in 2009 after a survey of local residents.
My survey found widespread community support to construct an on-ramp connecting Manning Road to the Kwinana Freeway southbound lanes.
Currently there is no direct connecting road for motorists travelling southbound onto the Kwinana Freeway from Manning Road. Instead, southbound vehicles must first head north and negotiate a challenging stretch of road doing a loop over the freeway involving merging and lane changing.
This stretch is congested and slow to get through and residential areas in Como are being used as rat runs by drivers trying to avoid the intersection.
The solution is the construction of an on-ramp directly connecting Manning Road with the Kwinana Freeway southbound lanes. This has been planned since the 1980s but never built.
During the 2016 Federal Election Campaign I secured a commitment from the Turnbull Liberal Government for $15 million to help build this ramp.
The on-ramp will require joint funding from the local, state and federal governments.
In 2015, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull visited the Manning Road/Kwinana Freeway interchange with Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann to have a firsthand look at the issue. The PM said that there was a definite need for the on-ramp.
With the opening of Fiona Stanley hospital, more and more people from the electorate are travelling south on the Kwinana Freeway and there has never been a greater need for this piece of infrastructure.