Wanneroo Road and Joondalup Drive Interchange

​The Wanneroo Road and Joondalup Drive Interchange project is funded by the Commonwealth and State Governments as part of a $2.3 billion investment in road and rail infrastructure, announced by Premier Mark McGowan on 7 May 2017.

The project is a future-focused solution to support current and projected levels of traffic resulting from residential and industrial development in Perth’s northern suburbs. The upgrade will remove bottlenecks and reduce travel times on:

  • Wanneroo Road - currently used as an alternate route to the Mitchell Freeway; and
  • Joondalup Drive - a significant east-west access corridor between Mitchell Freeway, Joondalup City Centre and the expanding residential communities to the east of Wanneroo Road.

The replacement of a busy signalised intersection with a free flowing interchange will provide immediate safety benefits and shorter, more predictable journey times for all road users.

Latest news

Construction works in early 2019

Works have started on clearing kerbs, pavement and vegetation within the barricaded areas. Other Stage One works will include diversion of underground services as well as installation of new drainage pits and pipes. Once the redundant drainage is removed, work crews will start constructing the new pavement and then begin asphalting, kerbing and linemarking to form the new road alignment.

These works will be undertaken during day shift, 7am to 7pm Monday to Saturday, with some occasional night works required for tie-in works. See the Project Update for more information.

Vegetation clearing

From late January, vegetation contained in the road reserve along Joondalup Drive (see maps) will be cleared to enable construction activity to continue.

Clearing is required to accommodate the new road layout and construction of a new Principal Shared Path (PSP) network around the interchange. The project team will ensure vegetation removal is kept to a minimum, however, to ensure the safety of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, trees and shrubs cannot be located in direct proximity to the road and PSP.
Before any vegetation is removed, a qualified environmental specialist will inspect the area for protected and threatened species, and ensure there are no nesting activities in the trees.

The majority of clearing during Stage One will take approximately three weeks to complete. All works will take place behind the barriers to ensure the safety of the community and the work crew. Clearing in the median strips is expected to occur during the second stage of works, once the barriers have moved.

A landscaping and revegetation plan is being developed that will see vegetation restored and integrated into the local landscape surroundings at the end of the project.

Western Power works

Works have started on the relocation of power lines underground to allow the Joondalup Drive bridge to be built over Wanneroo Road. Some night works are required during January through to end February 2019. Read more in the Project Update.

Barrier installation

Barrier installation is underway at the intersection of Wanneroo Road and Joondalup Drive, as well as along the northern side of the Burns Beach roundabout in preparation for construction works to start in 2019. These barriers will remain in place during Stage 1 of the works, which are due for completion May 2019. See the Project Update for more information.

Fact sheet - Bridge Construction

A fact sheet on the different stages of the project’s construction has been developed, outlining Stages 1 to 3 of the program.

Scope of works

  • Grade separation of Joondalup Drive going over Wanneroo Road with two lanes in each direction
  • New roundabout at current intersection of Joondalup Drive and Cheriton Drive
  • New signalised intersection at Wanneroo Road and Clarkson Avenue
  • Modifications to intersections with local roads (Drovers Place and St Stephen Crescent)
  • A roundabout with two or three lanes
  • Retaining walls and noise walls on intersection quadrants
  • Road furniture, fencing, drainage, landscaping and street lighting
  • Shared paths and bus facilities
  • Driveways and accommodation works


 Image: Wanneroo Road and Joondalup Drive interchange final design


​Key benefits


​Key dates

  • Advertise for Expressions of Interest from industry - September 2017
  • Issue Request for Proposals to shortlisted applicants - January 2018
  • Confirm Preferred Proponenet - July 2018
  • Early works activity - August 2018
  • Construction commencement - September 2018
Last Updated: 12 February 2019