Av­enue of dreams

Comment News (Gosnells) - - Street Watch -

THE Denny Av­enue level cross­ing is set for a dra­matic over­haul.

The no­to­ri­ous prob­lem spot, which took out the top rank­ing in the RAC’s Risky Roads sur­vey ear­lier this year, will be the first of four rail level cross­ings to be re­moved as part of a $2.3 bil­lion State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ment in­fra­struc­ture pack­age.

The grade sep­a­ra­tion will al­low trains and traf­fic to move at dif­fer­ent heights, eas­ing con­ges­tion and crashes around Denny Av­enue, Al­bany High­way, Rail­way Av­enue and Stre­ich Av­enue.

“It’ll be an in­cred­i­ble im­prove­ment in qual­ity of life,” Ar­madale MLA Tony Buti said. “It’s ac­tu­ally hard to em­pha­sise what a bar­rier this is for peo­ple try­ing to go across the rail­way line in ei­ther di­rec­tion; peo­ple won’t spend 20 min­utes a day try­ing to get Left: Ar­madale MLA Tony Buti, Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti, and Dar­ling Range MLA Barry Ur­ban at the Denny Av­enue level cross­ing (right).

across the rail­way line.

“I don’t want to overblow it, but it’s the big­gest an­nounce­ment in the local area in in­fra­struc­ture since the Cham­pion Lakes de­vel­op­ment.”

The project is set to start in the 2018-19 fi­nan­cial year, with 3245 jobs ex­pected to be cre­ated.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said the project would

work to­wards a more in­te­grated Kelm­scott city cen­tre feel,.

“Now the process is to work with the MRA (Metropoli­tan Re­de­vel­op­ment Author­ity), be­cause the MRA owns some land in this area,” she said. “We’ll de­velop the area and fi­nalise the plan, which won’t only see the sep­a­ra­tion of road and rail but sig­nif­i­cant re­de­vel­op­ment for the en­tire area.”

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