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Major progress on $1.02 billion NorthLink

Major progress is being made on the southern and central sections of Western Australia’s NorthLink WA project, with traffic on the Tonkin Highway now being redirected under Collier Road.

Motorists can now travel from Perth Airport to Reid Highway without encountering a traffic light, marking a significant step for the project’s southern section, which is nearing completion.

NorthLink WA is a transport link between Morley and Muchea, which aims to divert heavy traffic away from local roads and cater to Perth’s future growth.

Two temporary roundabouts on Collier Road – with one lane of traffic in each direction – will be in place until February when traffic signals are commissioned at the Collier Road interchange.

Traffic on Morley Drive will continue travelling through two roundabouts during construction of the permanent roundabout, which is also expected to be completed in February.

Beams were installed in December for the first bridge in the Reid/Tonkin interchange. The new bridge will form part of the final Reid Highway alignment, taking vehicles over Tonkin Highway as part of WA’s first and biggest freeway-to-freeway interchange.

In coming months, changes will be made to the Beechboro Road North/Reid Highway intersection, with a temporary roundabout replacing the traffic signals to enable work to start on the Beechboro Road North overpass.

There will also be changes at the Reid Highway/Tonkin Highway intersection, again with a temporary roundabout replacing traffic signals.  This will provide access to construct the new southbound onramp from Reid to Tonkin highways.

According to the Western Australian Government, work on the northern section from Ellenbrook to Muchea is also progressing well with clearing almost complete and earthworks underway.

Completion of the entire NorthLink WA project is expected in 2019.

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