As the redevelopment of the Mandurah Forum draws near to completion, preliminary works to upgrade the Pinjarra and Mandurah Road intersection started last week.
The $9 million upgrade is a joint venture by the City of Mandurah, Main Roads WA and Forum owners Vicinity Centres, and will involve the widening of both roads to accommodate future traffic volumes.
Contract works are scheduled to start in early May, with the upgrades due to be completed by the end of October.
There will be no road closures during the project, however traffic management will be in place to control the movement of vehicles throughout the construction phase.
The road widening will stretch between 200 and 300 metres in each direction of the intersection.
As part of the project, the City of Mandurah will relocate 32 grass trees from the intersection to a median space further along Pinjarra Road near Ranceby Avenue.
City of Mandurah chief Mark Newman said the intersection upgrade was a pre-requirement for the Mandurah Forum redevelopment, and hoped to eliminate the need for roadworks in the future.
“It is the City and Main Roads WA’s vision to expand the roadworks to accommodate the future traffic demand and thus remove the need for future works and subsequent disruption to motorists,” he said.
“We are excited to see the new Mandurah Forum redevelopment progress, but to accommodate the growth in vehicle numbers, the upgrade of the intersection and road widening is essential.
“We appreciate the community and local businesses’ patience during this time.”
Former transport minister Bill Marmion committed $10.3 million in funding to upgrade the intersection of Mandurah and Pinjarra roads during the 2017 state election.