AN update on the $23 million Marmion Avenue widening project was the focus of this week’s Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association meeting.
Jeremy Thompson from the City of Wanneroo talked about the project at the group’s November 26 meeting at the Y.hub in Yanchep.
Mr Thompson said work had already started on a small section opposite the Alkimos Vista estate and that was expected to finish in March.
He said the City had gone out to tender for the remaining portions – 8km from Shorehaven estate to Yanchep and 2.3km from Butler to Alkimos – and a report would go to the council in March to award the contract.
Mr Thompson said the City was negotiating with LandCorp about putting a path west of Marmion Avenue to link in with the Yanchep underpass “that’s never been utilised” to give school students a safe crossing.
He said the drainage swales east of Marmion Avenue were “a bit of an eyesore” and would be removed, with urban water sensitive design and underground drainage put in instead.
“The infamous bus stop doesn’t go (but) we’ve moved that into a slip lane,” he said.
“We will have complete movement; we won’t have that issue of being stuck behind a bus.”
Mr Thompson said there would be some changes to the traffic signals at Peony Boulevard And Lagoon Drive, but the Yanchep Beach Road roundabout would remain, with a dedicated left-turn lane heading west.
He said construction of the two sections was due to start late March, and expected to finish by the end of December 2019.
Asked about congestion on Marmion Avenue during construction, Mr Thompson said there would be slight delays but most of the work would be in the eastern side of Marmion, where land had already been cleared.
“There will be disruptions – we will try and keep it to a minimum,” he said.
Asked whether there would be footpaths all the way along, Mr Thompson said they planned to put in a 3m wide cycle path the whole way on the eastern side but it would depend on funding.
He said there would be a 2m wide shoulder on the road that cyclists could use.
The State Government has provided $23 million to cover the full cost of the project and Mr Thompson said funding left over would go towards landscaping, including planting Norfolk pines.
Resident Peter Wimsett said it was frustrating that contractors left 40km/h signs up when they were not working.
Mr Thompson said people could ring the City to report that when it happened.