Leeming: funding secured for more Karel Avenue upgrades

Cr Lara Kirkwood, Resident Ray Taylor, COC Mayor Logan Howlett, Resident Jenny Barton & Jandakot MLA Yaz Mubarakai. Photo: Jon Hewson. d489161 communitypix.com.au
Cr Lara Kirkwood, Resident Ray Taylor, COC Mayor Logan Howlett, Resident Jenny Barton & Jandakot MLA Yaz Mubarakai. Photo: Jon Hewson. d489161 communitypix.com.au

PLANNED upgrades to Karel Avenue will extend further north and south after more funding was secured from the City of Cockburn and Jandakot Airport Holdings.

Initial works announced last year included the widening and extension of the Karel Avenue Bridge over Roe Highway and the freight rail line.

The new line of funding will allow further works to widen the busy road between Roe Highway and Farrington Road, as well as between Roe Highway and the Berrigan Drive roundabout, to two lanes in each direction, all aimed at reducing congestion.

A new u-turn spot will also be installed south of Dimond Court.

Cockburn mayor Logan Howlett said there was a great need for the road to be widened.

“The City’s contribution to the southern (capped at $1m) and northern ($2m) ends of the Karel Avenue upgrade is a positive step forward to improve traffic flows in this locality,” he said.

“Working in partnership with Main Roads WA and Jandakot Airport Holdings this important piece of infrastructure has come to fruition.”

Jandakot MLA Yaz Mubarakai said residents, workers and commuters would benefit from the upgrades.

“The Karel Avenue-Roe Highway interchange provides the primary access to Jandakot Airport, which is eventually expected to support more than 8,000 jobs and 300 businesses,” he said.

“This welcome confirmation of the extended scope of works means that residents and workers will reap the full benefit of congestion relief and access improvements.”

Construction is due to start in early 2019.