(27/3/2018) Hilton town centre upgrade starting soon
The works to improve safety and amenity in the Hilton town centre are set to kick-off straight after Easter.
The project is designed to make the section of South Street which runs through the Hilton shopping area feel more like a traditional town centre by slowing traffic and creating a safe and welcoming environment.
It also addresses a serious safety issue by preventing cars from turning right out of Paget Street and Victor Street onto South Street.
In the past five years there have been 20 crashes involving cars turning right into South Street, and numerous near-misses on the nearby pedestrian crossing.
The improvements will include enhanced signage and lighting to make drivers more aware of the pedestrian crossing on South Street, new ramps at Paget Street and Victor Street to make it easier for people with prams and wheelchairs, a different colour asphalt roadway to delineate Hilton town centre and new landscaping and street furniture inspired by a native garden suburb theme.
The project is being funded through $250 000 from the state government’s Local Projects, Local Jobs program and $50 000 from the City of Fremantle.
Construction will start on Tuesday, April 3 and is expected to take around five weeks.
The work will require some lane closures on South Street, but the project has been staged to minimise disruption.
The majority of the road works will be carried out at night between 8.00 pm and 5.00 am to avoid the opening hours of neighbouring shops and peak traffic flows.
There will also be some landscaping and furniture works carried out during the daytime to the footpath areas, but care will be taken to minimise public disruption as much as possible during the construction phase.
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