High Street Upgrade

Stirling Highway to Carrington Street

  • Upgrade High Street in Fremantle.
  • Construction works are anticipated to begin late-2019
  • Improve safety, freight efficiency and traffic flow for road users travelling to and from Fremantle.


Following consultation with the City of Fremantle, and taking into consideration previous feedback from local residents and stakeholders, a new draft concept plan has been developed:

  • New roundabout at the intersection of High Street and Stirling Highway
  • Wide median on High Street to separate traffic lanes and preserve a number of mature trees
  • Single lane one-way service road for residents on the northern side of High Street
  • New underpass at the junction of Forrest Street and Stirling Highway
  • New underpass at the junction of Montreal Street and High Street

Project update

The upgrade is a step closer following Environmental Approval

The upgrade of High Street will proceed following completion of the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) Public Environmental Review process.

In March 2019, the EPA found the proposal environmentally acceptable, provided the conditions to reduce noise levels, retain identified mature trees and minimise the impact on black cockatoos were met. A public appeals process followed and the project can now proceed subject to the above conditions, following approval from the Minister for Environment on 23 May 2019. Further information can be found on the EPA website .

The project’s concept design , developed in consultation with the City of Fremantle, reflects a commitment to retain as many mature native and non-native trees as possible through the introduction of a median strip, as well as the installation of noise walls to offer residents protection from traffic noise. Engagement with local residents regarding the final location, design and configuration of these noise walls is ongoing.

Procurement update

In March 2019, three shortlisted proponents were asked to provide costed proposals for the detailed design and construction. We expect to receive these proposals in July with a view to awarding a contract for delivery of the project in October. Construction is scheduled to begin by the end of this year.

Demolition of Main Roads properties on High Street

We own several properties in the project road reserve that will be demolished as the land is required for the project. The majority are not leased and are in poor and potentially dangerous condition.

We are aware these properties are being illegally used by people for accommodation. Consequently, we have been working with the Department of Communities to ensure the people residing in the properties have access to alternative housing. Demolition of these properties is scheduled to occur in September following a 90-day notice period. Every effort will be made to minimise disruption to local residents and the road network during the demolition process.


Public Comment - Environmental Review Document

As part of the environmental approvals process, the Environmental Review Document  was available for public comment between Monday 17 December 2018 and 18 January 2019.

Noise Walls

In line with the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) Road and Rail Noise Policy (State Planning Policy 5.4), we undertook noise monitoring within the project area in June 2018.

The results have determined the project will include noise measures and a noise wall map has now been prepared.

See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.


  • 19 April to 31 May 2018: Community feedback
  • April 2018 to March 2019: Project updates, including the outcomes of the community engagement made available
  • November 2018 to June 2019: Tender phase
  • September 2019: Contract expected to be awarded
  • Construction works anticipated to begin late-2019


Last Updated: 04 June 2019