Safer crossing coming between Kinross and Burns Beach

Joondalup councillor Tom McLean, Mayor Albert Jacob, Premier Mark McGowan, Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard, councillor Kerry Hollywood and Main Roads WA metropolitan operations director Peter Sewell at this morning's announcement.
Joondalup councillor Tom McLean, Mayor Albert Jacob, Premier Mark McGowan, Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard, councillor Kerry Hollywood and Main Roads WA metropolitan operations director Peter Sewell at this morning's announcement.

CONSTRUCTION of a long-awaited signalised pedestrian crossing on Marmion Avenue in Kinross will start next month.

Premier Mark McGowan and Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard joined Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob on site this morning to announce the crossing north of Edinburgh Avenue and Grand Ocean Entrance, which will improve pedestrian safety between Burns Beach and Kinross, particularly for children going to Kinross Primary School and Kinross College.

The difficulties for pedestrians and cyclists crossing Marmion Avenue at this point has been a long-running issue for the local community, with the Joondalup council considering the issue in 2015.

“Providing residents of Burns Beach and Kinross with a safer method of crossing between the two suburbs is something the local ward councillors, both suburbs’ residents associations and I have been working towards for many years,” Mr Jacob said.

“This crossing will help to take more vehicles from the road and encourage children and their parents to walk to school, as many currently have to drive the short distance across the two suburbs due to the difficulties pedestrians face crossing Marmion Avenue.”

Since receiving written support from the State Government for the pedestrian crossing, the City has worked with Main Roads WA on design and construction requirements, agreeing to install the crossing about 70m north-west of the Grand Ocean Entrance/Edinburgh Avenue roundabout.

The works will also include pedestrian countdown timers designed to reduce the chance of people crossing without enough time, and wigwag warning signs to give southbound motorists advanced notice of the crossing.

“About 25,000 vehicles pass through this busy intersection each day, of which over six per cent are heavy vehicles, so making sure students and community members can cross safely is a major priority,” Mr McGowan said.

Mr Folkard said the crossing would make a “major difference for local Kinross residents”.

“When I was a local policeman I attended a car versus bicycle traffic crash about 500m from this location,” he said.

“This crossing will improve the safety for all children in the local area crossing Marmion Avenue.”

The project has been jointly funded by the State Government and City of Joondalup and is expected to be completed by the end of January, in time for the next school year.

Works will be intermittently over the three months because of the complexity involved with construction and to minimise the disruption to traffic.

Pedestrians on Marmion Ave in Burns Beach and Kinross to get signalled crossing

Group signals effort for lights