Project funding sought: Mandurah intersection

Mandurah City Council is aware Dower Street intersection is in need of attention and reconfiguration.
Mandurah City Council is aware Dower Street intersection is in need of attention and reconfiguration.

THE controversial Dower Street/Pinjarra Road/Coo-libah Avenue intersection is likely to involve a $2.5 million upgrade over three years.

Last week, Mandurah MLA David Templeman and City councillor Shane Jones called for action on the intersection.

City of Mandurah acting chief executive Wido Peppinck said the council was aware the intersection was in need of attention and reconfiguration. He said the council had an in-principle agreement to reconstruct the intersection to include a ‘double diamond’ configuration that would allow simultaneous right-turn movements from Dower Street and Coolibah Avenue.

“The City has started lobbying for State Government funding to help with this major project and has prepared a three-year timeline to successfully deliver the project,” he said.

The key elements to successfully deliver the upgrade include sourcing funding (estimated at $2.5 million) and negotiating with public utility service providers to relocate major, expensive infrastructure and roadwork construction.

Pinjarra Road is classified as a Blue Road within the Peel Region Planning Scheme, meaning the State would normally buy the required land needed for road widening and Local Government would be responsible for road construction.

But as this process had not been gazetted, Mr Peppinck said the costs of land acquisition would fall on Local Government.

The council was seeking State funding to overcome that aspect of the project.