- Upgrades to improve driver safety and reduce delays
- Project to create 50 jobs
- Improved intersections to include CCTV
Work on upgrading two of Perth's busiest intersections in the northern suburbs will start this month, to improve driver safety and reduce congestion at the notorious crash hot spots.
Transport Minister Bill Marmion today announced that the Liberal National Government had awarded a $7.4 million contract to upgrade the Marmion Avenue intersections at Hepburn and Whitfords avenues.
"The works will widen the intersections to provide additional and extended turning pockets to improve traffic flow and safety by reducing delays and driver frustration at peak periods," Mr Marmion said.
"This project will also generate 50 jobs over the duration of the contract."
Both intersections were among the State's crash hot spots. In the five years to December 2014, there were 249 crashes on Marmion Avenue at the intersections of Whitfords and Hepburn avenues.
"Our key concern is the safety of all road users and reducing traffic congestion, so in addition to the works, the upgraded intersections will include CCTV to improve traffic and incident management through real-time intervention," the Minister said.
"The system will allow Main Roads Western Australia to monitor the intersections and make immediate adjustments to the traffic signals to improve vehicle flow during the busiest times or following an incident.
"We want to make the lives of West Australians easier and safer, and for road users that means maintaining traffic flow, reducing journey times and ensuring our intersections are designed to minimise vehicle incidents."
Pedestrian and cycling facilities will also be upgraded at both locations.
- WBHO Infrastructure have been awarded the $7.4 million contract to upgrade intersections on Marmion Avenue at Hepburn and Whitfords avenues
- An average of 31,000 vehicles use Marmion Avenue between Hepburn and Whitfords avenues per day
- Project completion is expected by mid-2017
Minister's office - 6552 6800