Safety first for foot­path up­grade in Gir­rawheen

Wanneroo Times - - Wanneroo Link -

Iden­ti­fied by the City’s Path­way Pol­icy as a high pri­or­ity, the for­mer 1.2 me­tre wide foot­path has been re­placed with a new 2.5 me­tre shared path, be­tween Bal­go­nie Av­enue and Tem­ple­ton Cres­cent and Gir­rawheen Av­enue to Cur­tis Way.

The works in­cluded re­moval of the ex­ist­ing path­way, in­stal­la­tion of a new con­crete path­way on the south­ern side of Maranga­roo Drive and con­struc­tion of a lime­stone wall. The path­way is in close prox­im­ity to Gir­rawheen Se­nior High School and pub­lic trans­port ser­vices on Maranga­roo Drive, at­tract­ing high vol­umes of pedes­trian traf­fic, in­clud­ing young peo­ple, par­ents with prams and peo­ple us­ing mo­bil­ity de­vices. Con­cerns about the fu­ture safety of the pub­lic was high on the agenda when the City ap­plied for state gov­ern­ment Blackspot Fund­ing, with a suc­cess­ful bid of $83,000 in­cluded in the $125,000 project to­tal. “The up­grad­ing works will be of a sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fit to the lo­cal com­mu­nity,” said Mayor Tracey Roberts. “The up­grade of path­ways has been iden­ti­fied as a key pri­or­ity for our res­i­dents, and this is one of many projects that will im­prove our foot­paths, shared paths and cy­cling fa­cil­i­ties.” Safety was also the num­ber one pri­or­ity while works were un­der­way, with tem­po­rary traf­fic man­age­ment im­ple­mented dur­ing con­struc­tion to safely man­age traf­fic and pedes­tri­ans around the work­site. While it is in­evitable that works of this na­ture will cause some in­con­ve­nience, peo­ple were happy to ob­serve the safety mea­sures and the City ap­pre­ci­ates ev­ery­one’s pa­tience as the works come to a con­clu­sion. Now that the foot­path is com­plete, some ad­ja­cent mi­nor works will be fi­nalised in the com­ing weeks.

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