(10/7/2018) Budget 2018/19: Freo invests in better roads
The 2018-19 annual budget recently adopted by the Fremantle Council includes a $2.5 million program to improve and maintain the city’s roads.
Major resurfacing works have been scheduled to include sections along Hampton Road, Rockingham Road, Lefroy Road, Marine Terrace and High Street.
There will also be works to improve road safety for motorists and pedestrians along Stirling Highway, Marine Terrace and McCabe Street.
City of Fremantle Infrastructure and Project Delivery Director Graham Tattersall said the works would ensure Fremantle’s roads remained in good condition.
“The resurfacing works are part on an ongoing program to maintain the city’s roads and keep them safe for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians,” Mr Tattersall said.
“All of the road millings that are dug up as part of the resurfacing program will collected and re-used in other city projects, like our upgraded Recycling Centre and the new Cappuccino Strip carpark.
“Using recycled materials means we don’t have to buy new limestone road base and we don’t have to pay to dispose of the stripped road material in landfill, so delivers a significant saving for our ratepayers.”
The budget also included funding to commence the upgrade of a second section of South Terrace in South Fremantle.
Work on the first ‘node’ at the intersections of South Terrace, Little Lefroy Lane and Sydney Street will begin later this month. The location of a second ‘node’ is to be confirmed subject to community feedback.
The scope of the concept involves reducing the width of the road, changing the colour of the road surface and widening the footpath, as well as adding new paving, street furniture and trees.
The changes will encourage drivers to slow down, make it safer for people to cross the street and will increase the amount of alfresco space.
The works are designed to create a more pedestrian-friendly environment and will also allow the removal of the temporary speed humps in that section of South Terrace.
A further $75,000 has been allocated to replace suburban footpaths, while $140,000 to improve existing bus shelters and install new bus shelters at Fremantle High School and John Curtin College of the Arts.
The budget also included $25,000 to develop a concept plan to create a new town square in front of the Fremantle Railway Station and upgrade Queen Street.