TRUCK, tourist and commuter safety has been improved thanks to a new $300,000 pedestrian crossing at busy Curtin Avenue, Cottesloe.
“The trucks can’t stop quickly, so this is a good safety measure,” Premier Colin Barnett said.
At least 12 container trucks went through the tight intersection in about 20 minutes when the crossing officially opened yesterday. .
Mr Barnett said Curtin Avenue was busy, should be made a State road, and in the future should be realigned along the Fremantle railway line with two lanes each about “1.5 normal lanes” wide.
He said measures would be applied so container trucks used southern routes instead of Curtin Avenue if the Perth Freight Link is built.
Pedestrians previously had to run the gauntlet of heavy goods and commuter traffic to Cottesloe Beach or Cottesloe train station.
The new Main Roads WA-funded crossing has lights and a timer that visually counts down when traffic will stop.
It is ready for the annual Sculpture by the Sea, and Cottesloe Mayor Jo Dawkins said council was happy to have it ready for up in time for the annual arts event on Cottesloe Beach starting on Friday.