(11/8/2017) High Street upgrade plans progress
A City of Fremantle delegation has met with Minister for Planning Rita Saffioti to progress discussions about the High Street upgrade between Carrington Street and Stirling Highway.
Fremantle council recently endorsed high level concepts for the upgrade and is keen to work with the State Government on a solution to this vitally important issue.
The current intersection is a key pinch point that creates significant congestion and safety problems at what is a key gateway into Fremantle.
Mayor Brad Pettitt said with the cancellation of Roe 8 there was now a great opportunity to deliver a sensible solution that was both effective and efficient. The City’s meeting with the Minister was to progress discussions about designing concept designs that represented a more modest, solution than had previously been envisaged.
“The state government’s stated commitment to redeveloping the outer harbour and potentially capping the Fremantle inner harbour represents a gamechanger for previously proposed major upgrades that were considered by council and the community to be overly intrusive and expensive,” Mayor Pettitt said.
“Council wants to work with the state government to come up a more modest, near-term, lower cost solution. We support an upgrade that addresses the safety and performance issues at the intersection and also improves other sections of the freight route including North Fremantle and the netball grounds at Gibson Park.
“This means not proceeding with earlier options for the intersection that focused on controlled access standards and were designed for freight vehicles to travel at speeds of up to 70kmh. Instead, the City supports an upgrade of the intersection to a level similar to treatments on other parts of the existing freight route such as the Stock Road and Leech Highway intersection.
“Consultation with our community has identified support for improving safety of motorists and pedestrians as well as users of the Gibson Park netball courts while retaining most of the mature trees south of High Street. Residents also want to see reduced noise and pollution.
“The City supports an approach that is consistent with other major investment planned for the second harbour in Kwinana. The City is keen to partner with the state government to plan for this much-needed outcome.”
Mayor Pettitt said the meeting with Minister Saffioti had been constructive and positive. We look forward to progressing this issue further, he said.