Freeway path detour extended to end March 2023
Unseasonal weather conditions are hampering efforts to repair a section of river wall along the Kwinana Freeway in Como, with Main Roads WA contractors continuing work on the project until the end of March 2023.
This means that a detour of the shared pedestrian-cycle path along Melville Parade will remain in place for the next month.
It was necessary for repairs on the limestone river wall, between Cale and Thelma Streets, to be carried out during the summer months when day-time tides were expected to be at their lowest.
However, Perth’s weather in January and February has been affected by atmospheric pressure patterns resulting in higher tides, limiting the time available to the contractors.
The project involves maintenance of existing drainage systems and some replacement work, while eroded limestone blocks will be replaced and run-off drainage pipes in this section will be cleaned and replaced if necessary.
Cycle path detour trial
Main Roads WA is trialling a contra-flow detour system across the two bridges during weekday peak periods to ensure cyclists can cross without other path users coming in the opposite direction.
Cyclists have been asked to dismount and walk across the bridges to meet the current safety guard rail height. As this has not been occurring, and with the detour extension, a contra-flow system is being trialled to help improve safety for all path users.
Cyclist will be able to ride across the bridges but will be doing so on a one-way system. Traffic Controllers will manage flows each way during the peak periods in the morning and afternoons.
The trial will be in action during weekday peak periods – 6-9am and 3.30-5.30 pm until the river wall project is complete.
At all other times, cyclists and e-Riders are advised to dismount and walk across the bridge.
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