Major works to begin on busy Marmion Avenue intersections

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

WORK will begin later this month to improve safety at two of Perth’s busiest intersections along Marmion Avenue.

The major northern arterial will see $7.4 million worth of work undertaken to improve the junctions at Hepburn and Whitfords avenues.

WBHO Infrastructure was awarded the contract, and the work is expected to be completed by the middle of next year.

In the five years to December 2014, there were 249 crashes on Marmion Avenue at the intersections of Whitfords and Hepburn avenues.

The notorious black spots will have work done to widen the intersections and provide additional and extended turning pockets to enable better traffic flow.

Pedestrian and cycling facilities will also be upgraded.

“Our key concern is the safety of all road users and reducing traffic congestion, so in addition to the works, the upgraded intersections will include CCTV to improve traffic and incident management through real-time intervention,” Transport Minister Bill Marmion said.

“The system will allow Main Roads Western Australia to monitor the intersections and make immediate adjustments to the traffic signals to improve vehicle flow during the busiest times or following an incident.

“This project will also generate 50 jobs over the duration of the contract.”

Liberal candidate for Hillarys Peter Katsambanis said the works would cause some disruption but deliver a great result.

“I am sure local residents will recognise that this short term pain will be worth it as the completed work will allow them to get between work and home more quickly and safely, freeing up valuable time to spend with family and friends,” he said.