Barriers to guard bridge pylons

Barriers will be installed to |protect the bridge pylons.
Barriers will be installed to |protect the bridge pylons.

Main Roads WA revealed to the Courier this week that it would soon begin works to improve safety around the pylons that stand within the median strip on Ennis Avenue.

Last October, a 29-year-old man was killed when his Toyota Hilux travelling north on Ennis Avenue left the road and hit a pylon. The driver, who was the only person in the vehicle, died at the scene.

In 2013, a man died after his vehicle hit the same pylon.

Both deaths were deemed non-suspicious.

The crash in October prompted Main Roads to launch an investigation into the site.

‘Main Roads WA is currently undertaking the design of road safety barriers to shield the Ennis Avenue/Safety Bay Road pylons,’ a spokeswoman said. ‘Preparation works to relocate existing services have been carried out and we are currently liaising with the affected service authorities.’

Last year, a spokesman said while a barrier existed on one side of the pylon, the other side had been left exposed since the bridge was constructed in 2001.

Since 2004, there have been 11 crashes on the stretch of Ennis Avenue under the bridge.

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