Thousands of Perth drivers were delayed across the city this morning with freeway lane closures, road works and the traffic clearing surrounding the visit of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton throwing travel plans into disarray.
A right lane closure at the Powis Street on ramp to the Mitchell Freeway in Glendalough delayed many drivers and traffic quickly backed up right through Glendalough and Osborne Park.
A Main Roads spokeswoman said night works being carried out between Hutton Street and Vincent Street had forced the closure of the right lane on Powis Street and drivers were advised to use the emergency lane.
The night works will be occurring again tonight so drivers in the area are advised to use alternate routes or expect delays.
“Road users are being encouraged to use the left emergency lane to compensate,” the spokeswoman said.
“In terms of what we were seeing…a lot of drivers weren’t actually doing so and we did lose out on a lane as a result.”
A crash on the Mitchell Freeway travelling south bound at Erindale Road caused delays, as did a vehicle rollover travelling north along the off ramp at Whitfords Avenue just after 6.30am.
Traffic surrounding the travel of Mrs Clinton and her entourage was delayed this morning as she made her way from her city hotel to a wreath laying ceremony and conference at Kings Park.
Motorists were held up across the CBD and West Perth. Mrs Clinton is in Perth with US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta to attend the annual AUSMIN conference.
Drivers are also being reminded the Mitchell Freeway will be closed between Hutton Street and Vincent Street overnight from 10pm to 5am for road works.
In addition the on ramps at Hutton Street and Powis Street will be closed.
City bus services will be disrupted this afternoon, but are expected to be minor, according to the Public Transport Authority.
Spokesman David Hynes said Mrs Clinton’s motorcade was not expected to cause anything other than minimal delays.
“At selected times, the bus stops outside Mrs Clinton’s hotel and other places she is visiting will be temporarily out of service, but we will have people and/or signage to advise our patrons,” Mr Hynes said.“To ensure that disruptions are kept to a minimum, we will have a bus operations officer stationed inside Main Roads’ Traffic Operations Centre at key times while Mrs Clinton is in town.”
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