Har­vey main street works

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - David Charlesworth

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.

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