Westfield Carousel: JDAP approves William Street, Albany Highway intersection upgrade extension

The soon to be opened David Jones store at Westfield Carousel. Picture: Ben Smith.
The soon to be opened David Jones store at Westfield Carousel. Picture: Ben Smith.

THE WILLIAM Street and Albany Highway intersection located 2.5km away from Westfield Carousel Shopping Centre, which has caused “traffic nightmares”, will be upgraded by summer 2019.

The intersection is located in the City of Gosnells, but lies on the border of the City of Canning.

At this morning’s Metro Central Joint Development Assessment Panel meeting, the panel unanimously supported applicant Urbis’ proposed extension of one year until August 2019 to upgrade the intersection.

It will be constructed once Main Roads WA approves the design, in liaison with the cities to the satisfaction of the WA Planning Commission.

This intersection would accommodate for the projected traffic generated as part of the overall expansion and upgrade of the centre, where stage one was set to open on August 30.

The upgrades are intended to divert traffic away from the constrained Albany Highway corridor, to the less constrained local road network that services the Canning City Centre.

Panel member and City of Canning councillor Sara Saberi said the area was a “traffic nightmare” before the construction of stage one and traffic would increase once the new entertainment and shopping area opened in a few weeks.

Urbis planner Megan Gammon said the traffic associated with stage one of the upgrade did not trigger an intersection upgrade.

Ms Gammon said the construction of the intersection would cost $3 million.

A Scentre Management spokesman said Main Roads WA were positively considering the most recent submission, which represented initial plans Main Roads submitted to Scentre.

He said he was confident the intersection, located 2.5km away from the shopping centre, would be upgraded by summer 2019.