Pedestrian safety will be improved along sections of the Albany Highway at Beckenham following recommendations of a special safety task force set up last May.
Transport Minister Pam Beggs said today the areas included the highway between William and Harris Streets and at Cordy Place on the Albany Highway deviation along Wimbledon Street.
The pedestrian island in Albany Highway at Beckenham Street would be widened and a school guard crossing provided.
The Beckenham Street intersection north of Albany Highway would also be modified to allow only a left turn into Beckenham Street from the highway to prevent the street being used as a short cut for vehicles from William Street.
Pedestrian islands would be installed in Albany Highway at Harris Street and in Wimbledon Street near Cordy Place.
Mrs Beggs said 60km/h speed limit signs would be erected at either end of the residential section of Albany Highway to reinforce the legal limit.
Landscaping of the residential section of the highway would be the subject of further discussion with the City of Gosnells, the local community and Main Roads before a final commitment was made.
Mrs Beggs said the work of the task force had been valuable in clearly identifying pedestrian safety issues.
After discussions with representatives of groups representing differing community views, Mrs Beggs confirmed her decisions, made in August last year and in May this year, to adopt Option 2A with Albany Highway aligned alongside the railway between Harris Street and Royal Street.
She said that initially the Wimbledon Street deviation would be a two-lane road with the provision for widening to four lanes in the future when traffic increased.
Mrs Beggs said it was important this second stage of the Roe Highway should proceed immediately and that Main Roads would consult with people living near the new roads on matters such as traffic noise and landscaping.
Work on the Albany Highway was expected to begin in February, 1994.