Marangaroo: safety wins out over cost for roundabout at Highclere Blvd and Hepburn Ave

Highclere Boulevard and Hepburn  Avene in Marangaroo. Picture: Martin Kennealey d474883
Highclere Boulevard and Hepburn Avene in Marangaroo. Picture: Martin Kennealey d474883

SAFETY has won over cost for a roundabout in Marangaroo.

City of Wanneroo will seek funding for a $1.2 million roundabout at the intersection of Highclere Boulevard and Hepburn Avenue.

Councillors voted last May for a detailed design of the roundabout, which recommended an elliptical shaped island because of the reduced width of the road reserve.

A report by the City presented at the October council meeting said the project was unlikely to receive Black Spot Funding because of its low benefit cost ratio but it could make a submission in accordance with the Road Safety Audit Stream for funding in the 2019-20 round, though it had a low to medium chance of success.

The report noted it would result in three roundabouts on Hepburn Avenue within 1km and said despite the low benefit cost ratio it was “the most suitable option for improving safety at the intersection”, would address the greatest number of crash types and give the best overall level of service for traffic.

Cr Denis Hayden said the issue was “dear to his heart” and believed the roundabout would save lives.

“It’s about our people’s safety,” he said.

Councillors unanimously supported the funding application and if unsuccessful, the City will list $1.2 million for consideration in its long-term capital works program.

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