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Multi-million dollar makeover for Spencer Road

Published on Friday 23 March, 2018

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Spencer Road in Thornlie, one of the City of Gosnells’ oldest and busiest roads, is getting a $4 million dollar makeover to improve safety and ease congestion.

Drainage and preliminary works began recently as part of the Spencer Road Improvement Project, which will enhance the 1km section between Yale Road and Thornlie Avenue. 

City of Gosnells Mayor Glenn Dewhurst welcomed the project, saying it would significantly improve conditions for the 20,500 vehicles a day currently using Spencer Road.

“Among the most important upgrades will be the installation of a median to divide the dual carriageway and create turn-off lanes, making it safer for motorists travelling in both directions,” the Mayor said.

“Spencer Road is unique as it has many intersections and parallel service roads, so the modifications have been designed to make left and right turns safer to and from Spencer Road, as well as provide U-turns where needed.

“People may have already seen our crews out there preparing the roadside and I urge everyone to be mindful of the roadworks, slow down or take an alternate route if possible.

“With any project of this scale there will be some interruption but the cooperation of local motorists and residents is appreciated – the end result will certainly be worthwhile.”

Construction will be completed in three stages over an 18-month period from now until mid-2019.

Other key features of the project are improved drainage to prevent flooding during heavy rain, as well as new lighting and streetscaping, which will include replacement of the natural screening between Spencer Road and the service road on the northern side.

These plants have reached the end of their life and are due to be replaced, however this will occur towards the end of the project.

The City of Gosnells is contributing one third of the overall cost, with two-thirds being funded through the State Government’s Metropolitan Regional Road Group.

For more information about the Spencer Road Improvement Project, please call the City on 9397 3000. Plans are also available to be viewed at Thornlie Library, 1 Culross Avenue, Thornlie.