Hepburn Avenue

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Hepburn Avenue
Western Australia
Hepburn Ave 154 W Ballajura 2012 Lyrebird 2.jpg
Single carriageway section near Lyrebird Square, Ballajura
General information
Type Road
Length 19 km (12 mi)
Route number(s) State Route 82
(Hillarys – Kingsley)
Major junctions
West end Whitfords Avenue (Tourist Drive 204), Hillarys
 
East end Marshall Road, Malaga
Location(s)
Major suburbs Sorrento, Padbury, Duncraig, KingsleyGreenwood, Marangaroo, Ballajura

Hepburn Avenue is an arterial east-west road in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. The road links Sorrento in the west with Malaga and Whiteman in the east. It also connects the residential developments that span its length with several local facilities, as well as major road routes into central Perth.

History[edit]

The road was built in the 1980s to meet suburban demand and was originally proposed on the Metropolitan Region Scheme as a freeway. It was named after Alistair Hepburn (1915-2004), one of the drafters of the Scheme together with Professor Gordon Stephenson (1908–1997). Subsequent additions east of Wanneroo Road, the original terminus, have been built in stages - in the late 1990s it was extended further east, reaching Alexander Drive in 2005, and extending to Beechboro Road in October 2010.[1] The opening of the extension was delayed several months due to street lighting issues.[2] Construction began on the next 1.3 kilometres (0.81 mi) extension through to Marshall Road in August 2010,[2] and was opened in June 2012.[3]

Works to upgrade Hepburn Avenue to a dual carriageway were constructed between the late 2000s to the early 2010s. The first stage was from Wanneroo Road to Giralt Road, completed in the late 2000s. Next was from Alexander Drive to Mirrabooka Avenue, completed in 2010. The remaining part between Mirrabooka Avenue and Bellerive Boulevard was upgraded in 2012.

Future construction[edit]

Hepburn Avenue will be expanded in another stage of construction, extending further south to the intersection of Reid Highway and Tonkin Highway.[1] Whilst the previous stage improved connectivity to Malaga and was intended to relieve traffic congestion on nearby arterial roads,[3][4] the link to Reid Highway is required in order to benefit local residents and road users with more substantial decreases in congestion.[2] The project has been delayed because a portion of land between Marshall Road and Reid Highway contains a significant wetland, and therefore a formal Environmental Impact Assessment requiring a Public Environmental Review must be completed before the construction can commence.[citation needed]

Route description[edit]

View eastbound from Hartman Drive
View eastbound from Wanneroo Road

Hepburn Avenue begins in a roundabout intersection, joining with West Coast Drive, Whitfords Avenue and Hillarys Boat Harbour carpark, and ends with traffic light controlled T Junction at Marshall Road. Hepburn Avenue provides direct access to Kingsway City shopping centre in Madeley and St Stephen's School in Duncraig, as well as the Greenwood railway station, which was constructed at the Mitchell Freeway intersection, and opened in January 2005.[5] Hepburn Avenue is a four lane dual carriageway west of Giralt Road, as well as between Mirrabooka Avenue and Alexander Drive. East of Alexander Drive it is a two lane single carriageway road that widens into a dual carriageway around major intersections. State Route 82 starts at the roundabout where Hepburn Avenue begins, but only extends eastwards to Wanneroo Road.

Major intersections[edit]

See also[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hepburn Ave link now open". The Advocate. 14 July 2009. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Hepburn Ave extension plan". Eastern Reporter. 27 July 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Community celebrates new Hepburn Avenue extension". Media Release. City of Swan. 12 June 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Hepburn Avenue Stage 2 Extension Planned to Ease Traffic Congestion". Media Release. City of Swan. 22 October 2010. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Services commence from Greenwood Railway Station". Ministerial Media Statements. Government of Western Australia. 29 January 2005. Retrieved 3 July 2012. 

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