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  Forrest Highway, Kwinana Freeway & Mitchell Freeway (State Route 2) - Perth to North Lake

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The Forrest Highway, along with the Kwinana and Mitchell Freeways, are without a doubt one of the most important road systems in the Perth metropolitan area, and the southwestern part of the state.

Running in a north-south direction, the freeways link the north and southern suburbs of Perth together plus the southern city of Mandurah and the state's southwest, but also act as a coastal link between the northern and southern parts of the state. Built in stages from the late 1950s the route has seen enormous changes / extensions and is continuously undergoing expansion to this day.

Unique to the freeway sections is the passenger railway line down the median of the road corridor, which in parts also travels alongside other modes of public transport such as buses.

The route varies from 2 to 3 lanes wide in each direction, with provision in most of the newer sections to have another 1 to 2 lanes to be added when required. Exits along the route are somewhat close together, this is probably due to the large number of suburbs state route 2 services, south of Baldivis, the spacings are longer.

When first planned, the Mitchell Fwy was called the Yanchep Highway, as its envisaged that eventually the route will connect to the town.

Multiplexes along the route include:

Multiplexes along the route include:

History:

North Lake to Perth   Perth to North Lake
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Advance Exit Sign:
Advance exit signage for South Street (SR13) and Leach Hwy (NR1 / SR7) at North Lake. April 2016. Click here for a photo of this location by Paul Rands from December 2007.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign on Riverside Dr (SR5) in Perth approaching the split to Mounts Bay Rd (SR5) and Kwinana Fwy (SR2), November 2012.

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Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign approaching South St (SR13) interchange at Murdoch, December 2012.

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ID Sign:
Interchange gore at the split between Riverside Drive / Mounts Bay Road and the Kwinana Freeway Perth. This is part of the Narrows Interchange. December 2007.

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South Street Interchange:
Looking north approaching the South Street exit at Murdoch, April 2016. Click here for a photo of this location by Paul Rands from December 2012. Click here for a photo of this location from December 2007.

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Mill Point Road Interchange:
Southbound in South Perth approaching the exit to Mill Point Road. April 2016. Click here for a photo of this location by Paul Rands from December 2007.

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South Street Interchange:
Exit distance sign at the South Street (SR13) interchange in Murdoch. In the distance is Murdoch railway station. April 2016. Click here for a photo of this location by Paul Rands from December 2007.

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Mill Point Road:
Southbound through the Mill Pond Rd interchange in South Perth. December 2007.

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Lane Allocation Sign:
Lane allocation sign at the South St (SR13) interchange, Murdoch, April 2016.

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Advance Exit Sign:
Advance exit signs for South Tce and Canning Hwy (SR6) at South Perth. December 2007.

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Advance Exit Sign:
Advance exit sign for Canning Hwy at Bateman approaching Parry Av, April 2016. Click here for a photo of this location by Paul Rands from December 2012. Click here for a photo of this location from December 2007.

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South Terrace Sign:
Several signs along SR2 are hidden behind lamp posts such as this one for South Terrace in Como. April 2016.

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Leach Highway Interchange:
Kwinana Fwy (SR2) at the Leach Hwy (NR1 / SR7) interchange at Bateman, April 2016.

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Exit Distance Sign:
Sign detailing distances to the next few exits, southbound at Como near Preston Street. December 2007.

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Leach Hwy Exit:
Looking northbound through the Leach Hwy interchange at Bateman, April 2016. Click here for a photo of this location by Paul Rands from December 2007. NR1 duplex starts at this interchange.

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Exit Distance Sign:
Sign detailing distances to the next few exits, southbound at Como near Olives Reserve. December 2007.

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Mount Henry Bridge:
Crossing the Canning River at Mt Pleasant. April 2016. Click here for a photo of this location by Paul Rands from December 2007.

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Trucks Sign:
Sign instructing truck drivers to use Leach Highway instead of Canning Highway to access Fremantle. December 2007 in Como.

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Exit Distance Sign:
Northbound at Salter Point, December 2007.

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Approaching Canning Hwy:
Looking southbound in Como as you approaching the Canning Hwy (SR6/NR1) exit. December 2007. SR2 picks up its NR1 duplex from here.

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Advance Exit Sign:
Advance exit sign for the Canning Hwy at Salter Point, December 2007.

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Canning Hwy Interchange:
Southbound at Como through the Canning Hwy interchange. December 2007.

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Distance Sign:
Northbound RD near the Canning Hwy interchange at Salter Point, December 2007.

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Canning Hwy Interchange:
Southbound at Como through the Canning Hwy interchange. December 2007.

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Canning Hwy Interchange:
Northbound at Manning as the NR1 duplex ends here at the Canning Hwy interchange, November 2012.

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Manning Road Interchange:
Kwinana Fwy at Como at the Manning Rd (SR26) interchange, April 2016.

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Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign on the Canning Hwy off ramp from Kwinana Fwy at Manning, December 2012.

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Lane Allocation Sign:
Lane allocation sign on the interchange with Canning Hwy (SR6), Manning Rd (SR26) and Kwinana Fwy (SR2) at Como, November 2012.

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Lane Allocation Sign:
Lane allocation sign on the Canning Hwy off ramp from Kwinana Fwy at Manning, December 2012.

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Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign on the interchange with Canning Hwy (SR6), Manning Rd (SR26) and Kwinana Fwy (SR2) at Como, November 2012.

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Intersection Directional Sign:
ID sign on the Canning Hwy off ramp from Kwinana Fwy at Manning, December 2012.

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Manning Road Interchange:
The interchange with Manning Road, Como. December 2007.

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Advance Exit Sign:
Looking northbound at the footbridge in Como. April 2016. Click here for a photo of this location by Paul Rands from December 2012. Click here for a photo of this location from December 2007.

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Exit Distance Sign:
Looking southbound on the section of the freeway that opened in 1982 at Como. December 2007.

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Lane Allocation Gantry:
Looking northbound in South Perth as you pass under the signs for Mounts Bay Rd, Hay St and the bus lane, December 2007.

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Distance Sign:
RD sign at Salter Point after the interchange with Canning Hwy (SR6) and also Manning Road, April 2016. Click here for a photo of this location by Paul Rands from December 2012.

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Mill Point Road Exit:
Northbound in South Perth at the Mill Point Rd interchange. December 2012.

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Advance Exit Sign:
Advance exit sign for the Leach Hwy at Salter Point. December 2012.

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    Canning River:
Crossing the Canning River via the Mount Henry Bridge at Salter Point. December 2012.

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    Cranford Av Exit:
Cranford Av interchange at Mount Pleasant. December 2012.

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Leach Hwy Interchange:
Southbound approaching the Leach Hwy exit, the NR1 duplex ends here in Brentwood. December 2012.

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Exit Distance Sign:
Exit RD sign located in the interchange with Leach Hwy at Brentwood. December 2012. Click here for a photo of this location from December 2007.

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Advance Exit Sign:
Advance exit signage for the South Street (SR13) and Farrington Road interchanges at Bull Creek. April 2016. Click here for a photo of this location by Paul Rands from November 2012. Click here for a photo of this location from December 2007.

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South Street Interchange:
Kwinana Fwy (SR2) at the South St (SR13) interchange at Bull Creek, April 2016.

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South Street Interchange:
Looking southbound through the South Street interchange. April 2016. Click here for a photo of this location by Paul Rands from December 2012. Click here for a photo of this location from December 2007.

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Advance Directional Signs:
Looking southbound at Bull Creek outside Murdoch railway station and as you pass under South Street. December 2012. Click here for a photo of this location from December 2007.

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Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign at Bull Creek approaching the Farrington Rd interchange, December 2012.

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Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
AD sign at Bull Creek near the Farrington Rd interchange for Roe Hwy (SR3) and Berrigan Dr (SR14), April 2016. Click here for a photo of this location by Paul Rands from December 2012. Click here for a photo of this location from December 2007.

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Farrington Rd Interchange:
Southbound at Leeming at the interchange with Farrington Road. April 2016. Click here for a photo of this location by Paul Rands from December 2012.

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Supplemental Advance Directional Sign:
Supplemental AD sign at Leeming approaching Roe Hwy (SR3) interchange, December 2012.

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Roe Hwy Interchange:
Looking southbound at Leeming as you approach the Roe Hwy interchange. December 2012. Click here for a photo of this location from December 2007.

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Click here for the continuation of SR2 in the North Lake to The Spectacles areas
Click here for the continuation of SR2 in the Perth to Osborne Park areas

1 Main Roads WA
2 DPC Media Statements, Perth’s Narrows Bridge celebrates 50 years, 13 November 2009 3 State Library of Western Australia
4 Australasian Legal Information Institute
5 National Library of Australia
6 Australian Institute of Project Management
7 Southern Gateway Alliance Fact Sheet - Project Facts 01
8 DPC Media Statements, Widening of Kwinana Freeway begins, 10 August 2011

Last updated: 23-Jan-2019 10:13

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