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West Swan MLA Rita Saffioti and Swan Mayor Kevin Bailey (front) with Cr Mel Congerton, Swan chief executive Jeremy Edwards and Cr Bryce Parry.

Congestion busting roundabout on its way

CONSTRUCTION on a new roundabout in Ballajura has started.

The $1.9 million State Government funded roundabout, at the intersection of Hepburn Avenue and Bellefin Drive, is expected to improve traffic flow and road safety.

West Swan MLA Rita Saffioti committed funding to the project after hosting a meeting with local residents prior to the 2021 State Government election.

“This project will be delivered by the City of Swan, and when complete, will help alleviate congestion, slash travel times and improve safety in the local community,” Ms Saffioti said.

“Additionally, the next stage of the Hepburn Avenue noise wall extension between Fairfield Drive and Alexander Drive is progressing well, with the new wall replacing the existing sand bund to provide privacy as well as protection from traffic noise.”

The State Government also committed $2.5 million to replace the signalized intersection at Beechboro Road North and Marshall Road with a roundabout.

City of Swan Mayor Kevin Bailey said traffic engineering showed the roundabout would help solve road congestion, and promote continuous traffic flow.

“Our traffic assessment highlighted the need for a solution to increasing congestion, which reflected feedback from local residents and road users about their experiences at this intersection,” he said.

“Traffic modelling shows average delay times are expected to reduce by 96 per cent in the year after construction, which will make a significant difference to people doing business in the area and getting home on time.”

Traffic assessments show an increase in reported crashes in the past five years, and a steady rise in traffic, partially due to a new exit onto Hepburn Avenue from Tonkin Highway.

Traffic volume per day has increased by almost 80 per cent from 2017 to 2019 on Hepburn Avenue, with traffic on Bellefin Drive jumping by almost 50 per cent from 2015 to 2019.

These increases are mostly due to a growing population in the City of Swan, with Hepburn Avenue a major connecting road for several residential developments.

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