State Govt pledges $100,000 for Canning Hwy and Preston Point Rd intersection upgrades


Liberal candidate for Bicton Matt Taylor and Transport Minister Bill Marmion have pledged a $100,000 upgrade to the intersection of Canning Highway and Preston Point Road if re-elected in March.
Liberal candidate for Bicton Matt Taylor and Transport Minister Bill Marmion have pledged a $100,000 upgrade to the intersection of Canning Highway and Preston Point Road if re-elected in March.

THE busy intersection of Canning Highway and Preston Point Road in East Fremantle will receive a $100,000 upgrade if a Liberal Government is re-elected next month.

Works would include the upgrade of pedestrian refuges including new pram ramps, cut throughs across median strips and improvements to line markings and signage.

Liberal Member for Bicton Matt Taylor said the inclusion of audible tactile devices in existing road crossing signals would also assist people who are vision or hearing impaired.

“These devices make a beeping sound to help people find the push button and a clacking sound to tell them that the green figure is activated and they can begin crossing,” he said.

“Tactile paving on the pavement near traffic signals will also warn people with vision impairment they are close to the road used by traffic.”

More than 30,000 vehicles use the intersection each day and Transport Minister Bill Marmion said the improvements demonstrated a continued commitment to improving road safety for West Australians.

“This intersection does have existing pedestrian facilities in place however we have identified a need for those facilities to be upgraded and safety to be improved,” Mr Marmion said.

“With the high volume of traffic at this intersection it is essential that pedestrian facilities provide a safe crossing environment for local residents, mums and dads and children headed to school.”