Curtin Avenue widening to be reviewed

THE State Government will revisit when part of Curtin Avenue could be widened, but not the section where a container truck rear-ended a car driven by a Dunsborough woman near the Salvado Road intersection about 11.25am on October 12.

“There will be a review of the timetable for the realignment of Curtin Avenue south of Marine Parade,” Cottesloe MLA Colin Barnett said.

The Government has allotted $40 million for the avenue to be moved into the Leighton Rail Yards, with work currently scheduled to start in 2017-18.

After the crash, Cottesloe council increased its lobbying of Mr Barnett to improve safety on the rest of the avenue, including removing large trucks.

Mr Barnett said he recognised the increased volume of traffic and safety risks on the route, which was to be improved before West Coast Highway was built through Swanbourne about 15 years ago.

“Unfortunately, when there was an opportunity previously to do something about it there was strong opposition to a realignment from some community groups,” he said.

Police said the Dunsborough woman (23) was treated by St John Ambulance at the crash, which shunted the car into the railway reserve.

The driver of the truck was cautioned for allegedly not having enough space between the two vehicles when the car indicated it was turning right.