After a decade of advocacy and fighting for the Manning Road on-ramp the on-ramp is now open.
I know this has been a key issue for many years for residents along the Manning Road corridor, and I’d like to thank residents and community groups who have provided support for the project and have allowed me to put this issue forward and deliver the funding.
Residents in the electorate of Swan have been calling for this upgrade since Main Roads originally drew up in the plans in 1980’s.
This project has been 20 years in the making and it is fabulous to see such a great outcome for the residents of Swan and all those who will use this road and get home safer. I originally raised this issue in Parliament in 2009 and begun my campaign for funding. In 2016 the Federal Liberal Government committed $28 million towards the $35 million project, as a part of an investment package in job-creating, congestion-busting road and rail infrastructure works.
Works for this on-ramp commenced in 2019 and were completed in July 2020, delivered on time and on budget and supporting 100 jobs during construction.
More than 7,000 vehicles will use the new ramp daily, reducing traffic on Canning Highway and improving travel times by up to five minutes during peak hours. Previously motorists have had to deviate approximately 1.4 kilometres, including going through two signalised intersections at the heavily-congested Canning Bridge.
This is the first new freeway entry built in Perth, onto an existing freeway, in over 40 years. The single-lane southbound on-ramp will enhance connectivity for residents and road users in Como, Manning, Salter Point and Waterford and beyond. The design makes future provision to increase capacity for the on-ramp to be two lanes when traffic demands require it.
I will continue to deliver congestion-busting infrastructure for the residents of Swan and am proud to be a part of a government that has committed a total of over $1.64 billion toward infrastructure projects across the electorate of Swan.