Marmion Avenue works to improve the safety of two key intersections

The intersection of Whitfords and Marmion avenues.
The intersection of Whitfords and Marmion avenues.

THE State Government will spend $12 million to improve traffic flow and safety at two busy intersections along Marmion Avenue.

Extensive work will be undertaken where the northern arterial road meets Hepburn Avenue and Whitfords Avenue.

The two junctions are notorious accident black spots.

In the five years to the end of 2014 there were 130 crashes at the intersection of Marmion and Whitfords avenues, and 119 at Marmion and Hepburn avenues.

Traffic signals will be upgraded and CCTV cameras installed to improve traffic flow and real-time intervention, while improvements will also be made to pedestrian and cycling facilities.

Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the project, which is expected to employ 75 people at its peak, should be completed by June 2017.

“This Liberal National Government project will provide additional and extended turning pockets that will reduce delays and driver frustration in peak periods,” Mr Nalder said.

“The upgrades will also improve safety at these intersections, where many accidents have occurred over the years.

“Western Power began a comprehensive program of works at both intersections in July 2016 to transfer power services underground and relocate street lighting.

“These preliminary works are expected to be completed in November when road construction starts.”