The Stephenson Avenue extension project has reached a significant milestone with a Statement of Intent between the State Government and City of Stirling signed to progress the first phase of the project.
A McGowan election commitment, the detailed design for phase one has been completed which will see Stephenson Avenue extended from Scarborough Beach Road to Howe Street.
The project will be delivered in phases, with the first to be delivered by the City of Stirling.
The project will extend Stephenson Avenue from Scarborough Beach Road to Cedric Street and connect key activity hubs, including Westfield Innaloo Shopping Centre, the Osborne Park industrial area and the Stirling City Centre.
Phase one features a traffic signalised intersection at Scarborough Beach Road, new local road connections at Oswald Street and Howe Street, pedestrian and cycling facilities as well as streetscaping.
Design development is expected to be completed before the end of the year for the remaining phases of the Stephenson Avenue extension project – extending Stephenson Avenue from Howe Street to Cedric Street and incorporating connections to the Mitchell Freeway.
The Stephenson Avenue extension project has received a commitment of $60 million in State Government funding and $65 million in Australian Government funding.
As stated by Premier Mark McGowan:
“With detailed design of the first phase of the Stephenson Avenue extension complete, this project is on track for construction to begin in 2020.
“This upgraded infrastructure will unlock private investment and jobs in a key CBD hub outside of Perth.
“I want to thank the City of Stirling and local Member of Parliament David Michael for their work on this important project.”
As stated by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
“With the design complete, geotechnical investigations and environmental approvals are well underway, allowing phase one of the Stephenson Avenue extension project to begin construction in early 2020.
“It is estimated 40,000 people are employed within Stirling City Centre, Osborne Park and neighbouring Herdsman-Glendalough area, making it one of the biggest business precincts outside Perth central business district.
“The extension of Stephenson Avenue will help create more job opportunities and bust congestion.”
As stated by City of Stirling Mayor Mark Irwin:
“The extension of Stephenson Avenue is the first step towards creating a gateway to the Stirling City Centre.
“The City has worked in collaboration with the State Government, local community and private sector and together we have developed a consolidated vision for the Stirling City Centre.
“The Stephenson Avenue extension forms part of our broader plan to transform the Stirling City Centre – an area bounded by Karrinyup Road along Cedric Street and Ellen Stirling Boulevard to Scarborough Beach Road – into a strategic metropolitan centre.”
As stated by Balcatta MLA David Michael:
“This will ease congestion on local roads like Scarborough Beach Road, Cedric Street and Ellen Stirling Boulevard meaning less time sitting in traffic and more time at home for local families.
“I championed this project when I was a City of Stirling councillor, and as the local MP for Balcatta, I am now pleased to be working to deliver it as chair of the Project Steering Group.
“Extending Stephenson Avenue will enable the Stirling City Centre to develop and create more local job opportunities.”