Why does Orrong Road need upgrading?
Since Graham Farmer Freeway opened, traffic volumes on Orrong Road have increased significantly and it currently operates at capacity, with up to 65,000 vehicles per day west of Francisco Street. Orrong Road will become an important link between the consolidated airport and the Perth CBD, with traffic volumes forecast to increase to 100,000 by 2031.
Why are we being consulted again, when previous planning determined Orrong Road will be a six-lane highway with signalised intersections?
Through careful investigation and traffic assessment, Main Roads has identified that the six-lane solution will perform unsatisfactorily. It creates a significant barrier between communities and offers little or no improvement in travel times, with a journey time in excess of 45 minutes between Leach and Great Eastern Highways compared to five minutes on the proposed expressway.
What other options have you considered?
Why not plan for a viaduct (road bridge) rather than a road below current ground level?
Will upgrading Orrong Road to an expressway result in extra traffic noise?
Does the proposed expressway option affect any private land?
Yes, in some areas there will be minor land impacts or access changes required.
Why is an expressway safer?
The expressway allows through traffic to flow freely without traffic signals for five kilometres, eliminating stop start conditions and reducing the chance of crashes. It also separates regional and local traffic, allowing safer crossing for pedestrians and cyclists.
When will the expressway be built?
It is very important to note that this is a long-term planning study to determine the best option and reserve the land required. No funding is currently available for construction. If the WAPC supports Main Roads’ submission and reserves the land required, construction will be subject to future funding from State and Federal governments.
If you build the expressway below current ground level, how will local residents get across the corridor?
Will this proposal affect development opportunities on Orrong Road?
Is this study considering dedicated cycling facilities on Orrong Road?
Under the WA Bicycle Network Plan, Orrong Road is not an identified route for a Principal Shared Path due to constructability and land use issues. The Belmont TravelSmart map includes a Bicycle Boulevard parallel to Orrong Road, along Surrey Road (visit City of Belmont website). Safe cyclist crossings will be incorporated at the surface roads.
Will trees in the Orrong Road median be affected by this proposal?
Why aren’t you spending money on public/active transport initiatives, rather than just widening roads/adding more lanes?
The Australian and State Governments have invested $1.86 billion in the Forrestfield Airport Link, which is part of the METRONET project. This extends the eastern suburbs rail network from Bayswater Station on the Midland Line along Tonkin Highway and Brearley Avenue through the Perth Airport Estate to Forrestfield. Principal Shared Path networks for pedestrians and cyclists are also being heavily invested in across the state.
Will we get another chance to provide feedback?
Yes. Once the WA Planning Commission has received Main Roads’ submission to reserve the land required, it will undertake further consultation.
What happens next?
The WA Planning Commission (WAPC) has supported Main Roads’ plans to proceed to develop this concept further and undertake stakeholder and community consultation. Once this is complete, Main Roads will apply to the WAPC to reserve the required land in the Metropolitan Region Scheme.
What is an expressway?
Main Roads defines expressways as a road primarily for
through traffic, with dual carriageway and full control of access in the
ultimate configuration. Intersections are generally grade
separated. The posted speed limit is
generally 70km/h or 80km/h. Public transport
may use the road as an ‘express route’, with no stops provided on through
carriageways. Paths run parallel to the
road, with crossings of the through carriageway grade separated.
Why not plan for a viaduct (road bridge) rather than a road below ground level?
A viaduct option was considered during the Gateway WA
project and was not supported by local government as it severs the community
(local road users would only be able to gain access to Orrong Road at Leach or
Great Eastern Highways), would be visually intrusive for nearby residents and
results in potentially greater noise impacts.
What will happen to my driveway?
If you need to take land from property owners, what is the process?
A formal process is in place. Where land is required for State Government
infrastructure, it is acquired by negotiation or formal taking action under the
powers contained in the Land Administration Act 1997. Compensation may be
Are there commercial property impacts?
A small number of industrial/ commercial properties
within the City of Canning, south of Leach Highway, and Town of Victoria Park, will
be affected by the preferred concept. Main Roads will engage early with these
property owners to discuss property/ access impacts and consider potential solutions.
If you build the expressway below ground level, will you be in the water table?
Yes, in some sections construction of the expressway retaining walls will be in the water table. Preliminary dewatering assessment has identified the walls will run parallel to the groundwater flow for the majority of the project