Denny Ave tops fix list
WA Labor has promised to fix safety and congestion issues at Denny Avenue after years of failed campaigns by Parliamentary members from both sides and a public petition to deal with the hazardous road in Kelmscott.
The party has pledged $257 million for projects to reduce congestion, improve road safety and create jobs across the metropolitan area.
Denny Avenue was earmarked as one of the first four dangerous crossings to be fixed should Labor be elected, beginning with the removal of the Armadale rail line crossing as part of the Metronet plan.
Armadale MLA Tony Buti said work would begin in 2019 to build either an underpass or overpass, once the public and City of Armadale had been consulted over the design.
He said the commitment was a huge win for those who had been fighting for a grade separation at Denny Avenue for such a long time.
His statement was echoed by the Labor candidate for Darling Range, Barry Urban, and Federal Burt MP Matt Keogh, who said he had been campaigning for Denny Avenue to be fixed since his days as a member of the Armadale Redevelopment Authority.
“I want to thank the hundreds of local people who signed the Denny Avenue petition that I tabled in the WA Parliament,” Dr Buti said.
Transport Minister Bill Marmion said the Liberal Government had already undertaken preliminary design works for a grade separation next to Davis Road to connect into Third Avenue, estimated to cost $60 million.
He said the Government had funded traffic lights, which were installed in 2015, at the intersection of Denny Avenue and Streich Avenue.
The Minister did not say if the Government had any plans to put Denny Avenue back on the agenda.
Denny Avenue has a level crossing and three major intersections – at Albany Highway, Railway Avenue and Streich Avenue – all within 200m.
The level crossing is the only place to cross the Armadale rail line in Kelmscott, and the area is near Kelmscott train station and the entrance to the popular Spud Shed .
“Most of us have experienced the morning and afternoon traffic jams at Denny Avenue when travelling to work or taking children to school,” Dr Buti said.
Past proposals have included building an underpass, estimated to cost anywhere between $20m and $55m, which the City of Armadale has been unable to finance without State or Federal funding .
Armadale MLA Tony Buti, Labor candidate for Darling Range Barry Urban and Burt MP Matt Keogh at the Denny Avenue level crossing in Kelmscott.