Thursday, August 4th, 2011
THE finish line is in sight – the Spearwood Avenue project, connecting Barrington Street to Sudlow Road, is expected to be completed this October.

An $11.6 million investment for the City of Cockburn, the project started in 2008 and will provide a continuous link from Beeliar Drive through to Cockburn Road.

The last section between Barrington Street and Stock Road is a dual carriageway and will provide better access for the industrial area it services.

New signals have also been installed at Barrington Street to improve traffic flow and safety at the intersection.

The Metropolitan Regional Group contributed $7.4 million to the project and the City of Cockburn also received a $400,000 National Blackspot Grant.

One of the most complex phases of the project was completed earlier this year when an existing high-pressure gas main was lowered for road construction.

Other works have included road surfacing, adding median island kerbs, footpath and kerb construction, landscaping, drainage and earth works and installing street lighting, crash barriers, fencing and the building of limestone walls.

In an acknowledgment to Cockburn’s Chinese sister city Yueyang, two Chinese guardian lions and a special mural will be installed, as well as an avenue of Catalpa trees (the species used in the Yueyang tower construction).

Verge works will include carpets of red dwarf oleander flowers and native bushland will be planted on nearby embankments to create a wildlife corridor.

Cockburn Mayor Logan K Howlett said the Spearwood Avenue project had been in the pipeline for some time and he was pleased another of the City’s plans was about to reach fruition.

“It highlights our commitment to investing in local infrastructure and improving accessibility,” he said.

“In this particular case, we are removing what I can imagine has been something of an annoyance for road users, simply due to the fact that Spearwood Avenue has not continued directly on in this area.

“We’ve made a commitment to improving this road artery over the past few years, following on from the Spearwood Avenue-Cockburn Road intersection in 2009 and Friendship Way opening in 2008.”

The section between Howson Way and Sudlow Drive is currently being completed and the modification of the Discovery Drive intersection is scheduled for the second week of August, along with the construction of limestone retaining walls.

Work on Miguel Road and Howson Way will take place in September. Road closures will be in place for some of these works.

“Due the large volume of traffic on this stretch of road, weekend and night works have been undertaken to minimise disruption,” Mayor Howlett said.

“Obviously, there are bound to be some delays but it’s just a bit of short-term pain for long-term gain.

“There were some delays in construction because of weather conditions in June but the project is on track to be completed in the next few months.”

The road carriageway is likely to open towards the end of August with the remaining aspects of the project finished by October.

spearwood ave ext-1: The new section of road being constructed that will join Spearwood Avenue from Sudlow Road to Barrington Street.

spearwood ave ext-2: A completed section of the Spearwood Ave extension at Barrington Street.

guardianlion: One of the Chinese guardian lions that will form part of the works.

mural: Images from the mural that will be painted to pay homage to the City of Cockburn’s sister city Yueyang.

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The City of Cockburn celebrated its 30th birthday in 2009 and is regarded as one of Perth’s fastest growing and culturally-diverse local governments.

With a population of about 85,000, it has grown into one of Perth’s most dynamic and successful areas. The population is made up of a large percentage of children, families and seniors, and a large percentage of people born overseas (28.8%).

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