OFFICIAL OPENING OF MANNING ROAD ON-RAMP
South Perth MLA John McGrath believes constituents living in the southern part of his electorate will not be the only motorists to benefit from the new southbound on-ramp to the Kwinana Freeway on Manning Road.
“I’m sure this long overdue traffic management project will also be welcomed by those living in southern suburbs who travel daily to Curtin University or do school drop offs at Aquinas College, Penrhos College or Como Secondary College in my electorate,” Mr McGrath said.
“The trip home has now become a lot easier for them.”
Mr McGrath said the people of Manning, Salter Point, Waterford, Karawara and parts of Como had been waiting more than 30 years for a government to provide them with southbound access to the freeway.
“Back in 1982 when the freeway was extended to South Street, Murdoch, the planners at Main Roads began looking at the best place for a ramp onto the freeway south.
“Now it has finally been delivered and people are so happy.”
Mr McGrath said one resident, who has been living in Salter Point for 28 years, was so delighted to hear that the official opening had just taken place that he jumped in his car and went for a spin down the ramp.
“He was beginning to think it might not happen in his lifetime,” Mr McGrath said.
Mr McGrath was in Opposition in 2006 when he first raised the issue of the on-ramp in parliament to then Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan.
However, he admitted it was never easy for MPs in seats that are considered “safe” to win support from either major Party for major projects.
He thanked Swan MHR Steve Irons for delivering $28 million in Commonwealth funding towards the $35 million cost of the on-ramp and praised McGowan Government Transport Minister Rita Saffioti and Main Roads WA for delivering ahead of time.
Main Roads expects more than 7000 vehicles a day to take advantage of the ramp.