Harvey main street works
THE main street of Harvey could be getting a facelift later this year with a proposal for upgrades to crossing areas and the median strip going before council last week.
Upgrades were proposed for the main shopping strip on Uduc Road, between Young and Hayward streets, and include removing the concrete median islands to make it flush to the surface of the road, but retaining kerbing around the trees.
Harvey shire technical services executive manager Rick Lotznicker said while there were a number of pedestrian crossings on the road, residents often crossed at any point along the road and the upgrades would remove potential trip hazards.
The proposed layout would make it easier for the elderly or anyone with gophers, walkers, wheelchairs or prams to cross, Mr Lotznicker said.
“It will provide a safer environment for pedestrians and improve the infrastructure,” he said.
The plan also included red asphalt laid down on the central median strip and bollards installed to deter midstreet u-turns, improvements to the Becher Street crossing to improve visibility and safety, and reconfiguration of parking bays to maintain their number and bicycle parking.
The council would also apply to Main Roads WA to reduce the speed limit to 40kmh.
In the report presented to the council, it was noted from a 2014 traffic study that 85 per cent of the 5000 vehicles that used Uduc Road each day already travelled at under 40kmh.
Harvey shire president Tania Jackson said while the project included a number of improvements for pedestrians, the main focus was to upgrade the worn infrastructure which had suffered tree root damage.
“It needed maintenance given it’s been some years since those trees were put in, so it’s to do some improvements,” Cr Jackson said.
The project will go out for community consultation for 21 days before returning to the council for a final decision.
Mr Lotznicker said while he had received comments asking for a change to the position of the pedestrian crossing at Becher Street, it would cause too many issues to move it.
“It would end up with a situation where we would lose too many onroad parking bays to comply with standards,” he said.
The estimated cost of the project is $237,000, and if approved the construction would likely occur in the period September to October this year.