Murdoch Drive Connection

The Murdoch Drive Connection forms part of a $2.3 billion package of road and rail infrastructure works, funded by the Australian ($1.6 billion) and State ($750 million) Governments, and announced by Premier Mark McGowan on 7 May 2017.

The $100 million project comprises the extension of Murdoch Drive south from Farrington Road to provide connections to Roe Highway and Kwinana Freeway. The project has been planned in various forms for more than 10 years and is required to reduce congestion, provide better access to Fiona Stanley Hospital and help the Murdoch Activity Centre (MAC) meet its economic potential as a major employment and research centre.

Latest news

Intermittent night works on Roe Highway and Kwinana Freeway Interchange - 8 January to 1 March 2018

Early works activity is underway to progress construction of the new Roe Highway / Kwinana Freeway interchange northbound loop. To avoid any impact to daytime traffic a program of night works will take place between 8 January and 1 March 2018. Please see our latest notification for more information.  

November update

Planning and design is progressing well, with approximately 90 per cent of the concept design is now confirmed. This includes the Kwinana Freeway and Roe Highway interchange and connection to the Murdoch Drive Activity Centre. Over the coming months, the community will see some early works activity to prepare the site for construction in the New Year. Activity will include earthworks and the establishment of a site office.

We continue to work closely with local government to determine the appropriate form of connectivity between the western end of the project and the existing local road network. We plan to engage the community through project newsletters and public displays once the concept design is approved.

Early works - From 23 October

Early work activities are commencing from 23 October. They include clearing, fencing and earthworks to establish a site office in North Lake, and clearing, earthworks and haulage west of Roe Highway and Kwinana Freeway interchange. Traffic management will be in place on Roe Highway between Kwinana Freeway and Karel Avenue in the City of Cockburn, for the safety of road users and our workforce.

Read our notification for more information.

Feedback from public information session and our response - 15 September 2017

347 people attended the Murdoch Drive Connection public information session at the Lakeside Baptist Recreation Centre on 19 August 2017. We thank the local community for taking the time to attend the event and provide feedback.
Upon assessment of feedback, it is clear that while the majority the community supports the key principles of the project, the proposed cul-de-sac on Bibra Drive incorporated as part of the concept design may have compromised access for residents and businesses of Bibra Lake and made access between Bibra Drive and Farrington Road more convoluted.

As a result, we have refined the concept to remove the cul-de-sac. This simplifies access from Bibra Drive to Farrington Road and provides additional connectivity for traffic moving between Farrington Road and Bibra Drive. It should also deliver a significant reduction in congestion on the section of Farrington Road between Karel Avenue and Bibra Drive. View our latest concept map.

We are also considering additional improvements to the current road network, in particular the existing roundabout at the Farrington Road and Allendale Entrance intersection, which community feedback indicates is under significant pressure at peak periods.

Scope of works

  • Murdoch Drive realigned and extended to Farrington Road.
  • A grade separation at Farrington Road and Murdoch Drive.
  • Extension of Murdoch Drive from Farrington Road to provide connectivity with Kwinana Freeway and Roe Highway.
  • A new roundabout on Murdoch Drive, between Farrington Road and Bramanti Road. This will intersect with the existing Allendale Entrance roundabout.
  • A new roundabout on Bibra Drive, providing a connection to Murdoch Drive.
  • Bridge improvements over Kwinana Freeway.
  • New Principal Shared Path along the Kwinana Freeway.
  • Shared path along Murdoch Drive to Farrington Road (including local connections to Hope Road and Peterborough Circle).
  • New footbridge west of Kwinana Freeway over Murdoch Drive.
  • Noise wall adjacent to residential properties.

 

Image: Murdoch Drive Connection map

 

​Key benefits

  • Relieve peak time congestion on Murdoch Drive, South Street and Kwinana Freeway
  • Provide shorter, more predictable journey times for those who live and work in the Murdoch Precinct
  • Improve access to and from Fiona Stanley Hospital for visitors, patients and emergency vehicles
  • Support the ongoing development of the Murdoch Activity Centre as a major employment, education and research centre
  • Improve connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists between the end of Roe Highway and Farrington Road / Murdoch Drive
  • Complement other new road projects including Kwinana Freeway Northbound Widening from Russell Road and Roe Highway and the development of Perth’s first “Smart Freeway” between Roe Highway and the Narrows Bridge.

 

​Key dates

  • Early works and the relocation of services commence - October 2017
  • Project construction scheduled to commence - Late 2017
Last Updated: 11 January 2018