The intersection of Railway and Aberdare roads is planned to receive improvements, with the Council voting in favour of the City contributing $250,000 to the project as part of the 2021-22 budget.
The intersection is a well-known traffic black spot with 55 reported accidents in the last five years.
The improvements will focus on optimising efficiency and safety, and catering for future traffic demand and growth.
The intersection is located within the City of Nedlands and City of Subiaco boundaries, with the City of Nedlands leading the project, which is subject to grant funding approval.
City of Subiaco Mayor Penny Taylor said the Council decision to progress the project addressed two key concerns.
“Firstly safety – we know this intersection needs attention to make it safer. And secondly congestion – this area could be significantly improved to address traffic flow,” she said.
Mayor Taylor said it was important for the City and the state government to think holistically with a vision to improve the whole area for future growth.
“As the QEII Medical precinct continues to grow, the state government will need to focus on how appropriate traffic management and public transport is critical to the success and liveability of communities,” she said.
The City of Nedlands and City of Subiaco currently have funding from Main Roads WA to develop a design for the intersection, which the City of Nedlands has prepared. The key features of the new design include:
- New northbound dedicated right turn lane on Railway Road
- Additional lanes on Aberdare Road
- Removal of the on-road cycle lanes and the installation of new off-road share paths
- Re-aligning the intersection to improve sightlines, pedestrian and cyclist facilities.
While every effort is made to design around and protect existing trees on any project, some trees will need to be removed or relocated to enable these safety and traffic flow improvements to take place. Trees will be planted in new locations to replace any lost canopy cover.
The project is estimated to cost $1.5 million, with $1 million in grant funding sought from the state government, leaving the City of Nedlands and City of Subiaco to split the remaining balance.
Once grant funding is confirmed, the City will undertake consultation with nearby properties prior to construction works, and will communicate with residents on potential short-term impacts.
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