Preparing for hospital traffic

Melville councillors last week voted to give 1125sq m of the City’s land to Main Roads to allow the construction of extra pavement at the intersection upgrade.

A spokeswoman for Main Roads said the extra road reserve would be used for new road pavement, new drainage structures, new footpath, relocation of services, amenity walls and new street lighting.

The spokeswoman confirmed roadworks were under way to improve future access and traffic flow to Fiona Stanley Hospital and Murdoch Activity Centre, which is expected to attract up to 35,000 people to the area every day by 2035.

‘The planned completion date of Murdoch Drive/ South Street intersection upgrade is December 2013, prior to the opening of the Fiona Stanley Hospital,’ she said.

Currently due to road construction activities, South Street has been reduced to two lanes with short right-turn and left-turn lanes in each direction.

However, Main Roads said that once the intersection upgrade is complete (December 2013) South Street will be maintained at three lanes with two right-turn lanes and one left-turn lane in the westbound direction, and three through lanes with one right-turn lane and one left-turn lane in the eastbound direction.

The works are part of a $15 million commitment from the State Government to improve the intersection by the end of the year.

Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey said recently that the new Fiona Stanley Hospital, upgrades to SJOG Hospital Murdoch and the Murdoch Activity Centre would lead to increased congestion.

‘When both hospitals are completed, 10,000 additional people will visit the area every day,’ he said.