Traf­fic is the top con­cern

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

THE most re­cent Com­mu­nity Score­card for Cock­burn shows more than 30 per cent of re­spon­dents see traf­fic as a prob­lem in the area .

This fi­nan­cial year, the City of Cock­burn will spend $11.25 mil­lion up­grad­ing lo­cal roads, us­ing a com­bi­na­tion of lo­cal, state and fed­eral gov­ern­ment fund­ing.

Blackspot fund­ing will be used to in­stall right turn ar­rows at Spear­wood Av­enue/Rock­ing­ham Road and a second ap­proach lane at Jan­dakot/War­ton Roads.

Key projects for this fi­nan­cial year in­clude the widen­ing of Spear­wood Av­enue from two to four lanes from Beeliar to Yange­bup Drive, in­clud­ing the re­con­struc­tion of sev­eral in­ter­sec­tions.

The Rus­sell/Ham­mond roads in­ter­sec­tion in Cock­burn Centre will be turned into a four-way round­about.

A fur­ther $1.2 mil­lion will be spent on road re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion and re-sur­fac­ing.

The Com­mu­nity Score­card re­vealed 78 per cent of re­spon­dents were sat­is­fied with the city as a place to live, and it ranked well against other lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas.

Streetscapes, lo­cal area de­vel­op­ment, safety and se­cu­rity and foot­paths and cy­cles ways were also in­den­ti­fied as is­sues.

Eighty per cent of those sur­veyed wanted more trees in Cock­burn. The coun­cil plans to spend $1 mil­lion this year on street trees and na­tive plant­ing.

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