Road Photos & Information: Western Australia
Forrest Highway, Kwinana Freeway & Mitchell Freeway (State Route 2)


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General Information:

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.

State Route 2 is joined by National Route 1 at Brentwood from the Leach Hwy (SR7) interchange, forming a duplex through to the Canning Hwy (SR6) interchange at Como.

History (Kwinana Fwy):

History (Mitchell Fwy):

History (Forrest Hwy):

Perth to Joondalup
(Mitchell Freeway)
South Yunderup to Perth
(Kwinana Freeway)
Lake Clifton to South Yunderup
(Forrest Highway)

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
9 Southern Gateway Alliance Media Release - Kwinana Freeway Extension and Forrest Highway Opening Celebration

Last updated: 19-Sep-2016 22:34

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