COME mid-November Cecil Avenue in Cannington will become one of WA’s first “smart streets”.
As part of the City of Canning’s $76m Regeneration Program, Stage One of the project is well underway and includes drainage, tree planting, paving and street lighting.
When complete, the road which runs adjacent to Westfield Carousel Shopping Centre will feature smart poles capable of monitoring traffic, CCTV, WiFi connectivity, electric vehicle charging and energy-saving lighting.
Shopper Margaret Tai told Community News traffic congestion around Carousel had been terrible for months, but she’s found a few ways of avoiding the road works.
“Thankfully I don’t live too far so on days it’s not raining I like to walk over the footbridge,’’ she said.
“Otherwise I take a short detour and use the ramp off Albany Highway and park on the rooftop.
“There are ways around it, and most people understand the road works will improve the street and area.”
Canning Mayor Paul Ng said despite a minor hiccup over the granite kerbing works which started in May, were running smoothly.
“Cecil Avenue is restricted to one northbound lane between Albany Highway and Carousel Road. To accommodate for additional traffic, the phasing times at the Wharf Street and Liege traffic signals with Albany Highway have also been modified,’’ he said.
“Our vision is to create Perth’s southern CBD and this work marks the beginning of creating a new entry way to Canning making the City run more efficiently with the technology enhancements, providing residents and visitors with more public spaces to enjoy and attracting businesses to invest in Canning,” he said.
Mr Ng said impacted businesses were provided extra support from the City to promote ongoing trading and were regularly updated on works.