New crossing to improve Mill Point Road traffic
Recent improvements to Mill Point Road are expected to enhance safety for students, with a manned school crossing installed near Douglas Avenue.
Over recent months, the City of South Perth introduced a variety of traffic control measures to help improve safety and provide infrastructure for a crossing guard to help Wesley College children cross the busy road, particularly during the morning school drop-off period.
Mayor Greg Milner said the project, which began as routine roadworks under the City’s 2022/23 Capital Works Program, had resulted in significant safety improvements for the community.
“Anyone who has driven through this area in the morning would understand the need for change to improve safety for students, motorists and the community alike,” he said.
“The City has worked closely with Wesley College, WA Police, Main Roads WA, and the Children’s Crossing Unit to ensure this project could proceed, and it’s pleasing to hear that many parents are already using the Douglas Avenue parking to access the crossing point.
“Appointment of a crossing guard is imminent, and installation of line markings and signage by Main Roads WA will complete the project.”
The City’s initial roadworks in 2022/23 involved resurfacing Mill Point Road. However, after meeting with the school and relevant authorities, the project evolved to accommodate the school crossing.
This included reducing the road width and installing concrete median islands, which have also created a permanent protective barrier for cyclists.
Movement of vehicles entering and leaving Wesley College has also been restricted, with a no right-turn option from Mill Point Road to improve traffic flow and reduce the likelihood of a crash, while alternative parking on Douglas Avenue now provides parents with a ‘park and walk’ option to further ease congestion.
Visit our Works in Your Neighbourhood page to learn more about the City’s road projects.
Image: Mayor Greg Milner with Wesley College Head of Junior School Jo Edinger and Principal Ross Barron at the new school crossing point on Mill Point Road.
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