Australian construction company Georgiou has started work on the A$118m ($80.9m) High Street and Stirling Highway intersection upgrade project in Fremantle, Western Australia.

The upgrade is expected to reduce congestion and improve safety along the 1.5km section of High Street between Carrington Street and Stirling Highway.

The project will include a new roundabout at the intersection of High Street and Stirling Highway. The median will be widened at High Street to separate traffic lanes and to maximise mature tree preservation.

The new roundabout will include bypass lanes to separate local traffic from traffic going to and from Fremantle Port or locations north of the river.

The intersection changes while improving efficiency could also address safety concerns at the current intersection and could also reduce the risk of truck rollovers.

A dedicated single-lane service road is also being developed for residents living in properties on the northern side of High Street, offering them safer access and separation from the main road.

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The new underpasses across the junction of Forrest Street and Stirling Highway and at Montreal Street and High Street could also improve connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists across the intersection. New formal parking bays next to Fremantle Netball Association will be built, under the project, to improve safety on game days.

Georgiou CEO Rob Monaci said: “With a track record for success on similarly large and complex projects for Main Roads WA, Georgiou is well-placed to deliver this project as we understand the intricacies of working in live traffic environments.

“To assist in the delivery of this project, we will utilise our in-house precast expertise and plant department, providing innovative design and construction solutions through all stages of the project.”

It is also claimed that with the new design, the project will still retain more than 70% of the established trees in the area. Some design features include a wide, tree-lined median on High Street, separating eastbound and westbound traffic lanes and offer an attractive gateway into Fremantle.

WA Premier Mark McGowan said: “2020 is shaping up to be a huge year for public infrastructure construction across Western Australia. The start of the High Street upgrade will complement the huge array of projects that are part of our job-creating transport plan for WA, including METRONET.

“The High Street upgrade will deliver a more efficient route for locals and visitors travelling to and from Fremantle. We welcome the input of the City of Fremantle and the local community, who have helped shape the concept design and ensured that the project will move forward with strong support.”


Image: Mark McGowan with Georgiou officials at the groundbreaking ceremony. (Credit: Georgiou Group).