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Friday, 15 November 2019
The City of Kwinana is holding pop-in sessions on Saturday, 7 December from 10am to 2pm and Tuesday, 10 December from 2pm to 6pm 2019 at John Wellard Community Centre to give community members the opportunity to find out more information and speak to City staff about the proposed Wellard Road upgrade.
Wellard Road, between Bertram and Millar Road, is proposed to be upgraded to a dual carriageway to accommodate significant traffic increases predicted for the next few decades.
The upgrade will not only convert the road to a dual carriageway, but also enhance the road geometry, improve drainage, introduce turning pockets to improve road safety, and include the installation of street lighting and landscaping to the median strip and verges, improving the visual amenity of the area.
Mayor Carol Adams said traffic modeling for Wellard Road showed a significant increase in traffic volume over the next 20 years, which highlighted the need for the upgrade.
“In an effort to prepare for this and alleviate future traffic issues, the City is planning for a significant upgrade to 2.3km of Wellard Road,” she said.
“Over 11 reported crashes occurred on Wellard Road from 2014 to 2018. The upgrades aim to improve traffic safety in the area by alleviating traffic congestion, which is expected to increase from over 5,000 vehicles a day to more than 28,000 vehicles per day, by 2031.”
The widening of the road will require the clearing of approximately 0.48ha of low-grade adjacent bushland. However, the clearing will be mitigated through a rehabilitation program, which will include planting high-grade native species, and also introduce a new pedestrian path on the western side and a cycle path on the eastern side, which will connect to the existing cycle network along Kwinana Freeway to Wellard Train Station and help to activate the bush site.
The estimated total costs of the project is $11 million, which is primarily to be funded through the City’s developer contribution scheme, and funding from the State Government through a Metropolitan Regional Roads Group (MRRG) grant.
The planning for the project will occur in a number of stages, with the design being undertaken during 2020 and construction expected to take place as part of a three year program commencing in 2025 (subject to funding).