City of Cockburn says Spearwood Ave widening won’t go ahead without State Govt funds

The widening of Spearwood Avenue received State and Federal government funding.
The widening of Spearwood Avenue received State and Federal government funding.

THE multimillion-dollar duplication of Spearwood Avenue in Yangebup will not go ahead without a significant contribution from the State Government.

The City of Cockburn has allocated $3.7 million from its 2017-18 budget to widen Spearwood Avenue between Beeliar Drive and Barrington Street.

But Cockburn’s engineering and works director Charles Sullivan said the upgrade was at risk if the State Government was unwilling to pour in $4 million to widen the Spearwood Avenue rail bridge.

“The project was to proceed as soon as possible in 2017-18 but is entirely contingent on the $4 million bridge component being paid for by the state,” he said.

The $4 million was mentioned as “a commitment from the State Election” in a report to Cockburn councillors prior to the City’s 2017-18 budget being adopted on June 22.

With Transport Minister Rita Saffioti and Cockburn MLA Fran Logan on leave and unavailable to comment, a spokesman for Mr Logan said the two ministers would meet before the month was out to discuss the matter.

Congestion along the stretch of road has been an issue for some time, with the Spearwood Avenue and Yangebup Road intersection named Cockburn’s second most dangerous junction in a 2014 RAC survey.

Yangebup Progress Association president Chontelle Sands said the duplication was desperately needed.

“Spearwood Avenue is a state heavy haulage vehicle route that cuts through our residential area,” she said.

“Our main focus is about ensuring the safety of our residents.

“We hope that the issues on road gradients, visibility and accessibility, particularly for the intersections at Yangebup Road and Mainsail Terrace will be addressed.”

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