Denny Ave tops fix list

Comment News (Gosnells) - - News - So­phie Moore

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.

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