The new crossing sits just across from the Kwinana Adventure Park and Edge Skatepark with the Kwinana Recquatic and Zone Youth Space opposite – a high traffic area for both cars and pedestrians.
The crossing gives pedestrians 16 seconds to cross each section of road, which includes a visual countdown from 10 seconds.
The crossing was constructed to make the road safer for motorists and pedestrians as the City Centre in Kwinana becomes an increasingly popular recreational space. The pedestrian signals are coordinated with the traffic control lights at Gilmore Avenue and Harlow Road for the management of traffic flow.
City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said creating a more pedestrian-friendly City Centre will benefit all road users.
“As our City Centre infrastructure has grown considerably in recent years, the networks around these developments need to adjust,” Mayor Adams said.
“The speed along this section of Gilmore Avenue was decreased from a 70kmph to 60kmph several years ago, but with the increase in pedestrian traffic, we needed to look at other ways to increase the safety for our road users.
“We want to make pedestrians and motorists aware of this new change and we encourage them to show courtesy to one another when using these new traffic measures.”
The project cost around $262,000 and was jointly funded by Main Roads WA, which contributed two thirds of the cost and the City of Kwinana which contributed the remaining third under the State Black Spot program.
Pictured: City of Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams with (L-R) Shobair Hosseini, Coordinator Engineering Design and Reza Najafzadeh, Manager – Engineering Services at the City of Kwinana.