Hester Avenue

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Hester Avenue
Western Australia
Hester Avenue, Merriwa.jpg
View east towards Ridgewood
Hester Avenue is located in Perth
Hester Avenue
Hester Avenue
Location of Hester Avenue within the Perth Metropolitan Region
Coordinates
General information
Type Road
Length 2.8 km (1.7 mi)
Major junctions
East end Wanneroo Road (State Route 60), Neerabup
  Connolly Drive
West end Marmion Avenue (State Route 71), Mindarie
Location(s)
Major suburbs Nowergup, Ridgewood, Clarkson, Merriwa

Hester Avenue (previously known as Quinns Road) is an east-west distributor road in the outer northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia, located within the City of Wanneroo. It primarily links the coastal suburbs of the Clarkson-Butler region to the arterial highway Wanneroo Road in the east.

The road begins with two-lanes at Wanneroo Road, before becoming a four-lane dual carriageway at Clarkson after crossing the Joondalup railway line over a bridge. The road terminates at a roundabout with Marmion Avenue, where it becomes Anchorage Drive North, a local distributor road in the suburb of Mindarie. The speed limit begins at 60 km/h, increasing to 70 km/h at the dual carriageway.

Direct access to the Nowergup Rail Depot is also provided by the road. It is planned to become an entrance to an extended Mitchell Freeway.

History[edit]

Hester Avenue was designed in the early 1970s as a new alignment of Quinns Road, an already-existing east-west road that directly linked Wanneroo Road to the coastal townsite of Quinns Rocks. It was named after Thomas Hester, an early settler and local land-owner in the area, whose name was also initially proposed for the adjoining suburb of Merriwa.

The new alignment was first built in 1990 to coincide with the developments of Mindarie and Merriwa by Smith Corporation, running onto the original Quinns Road at the intersection of the future Connolly Drive. The portion of Quinns Road in between Marmion Avenue and Connolly Drive was then closed to general traffic and turned into a cul-de-sac in Merriwa, where it was renamed Palermo Court.

Hester Avenue deviates south-westerly from the original Quinns Road from Connolly Drive onwards, where it runs directly into Mindarie. Quinns Road west of Marmion Avenue survives today as a local distributor road in Quinns Rocks, while the unaltered portion east of Connolly Drive now assumes the name Hester Avenue for its entire length.

The road was built into a dual carriageway from Marmion Avenue to Hidden Valley Retreat, Clarkson, in 2003.[1]

Intersections[edit]

The entire road is in the City of Wanneroo local government area.

Location km mi Destinations Notes
NeerabupNowergup boundary 0 0.0 Wanneroo Road (State Route 60) – Wanneroo, Perth, Lancelin Eastern terminus at T junction
RidgewoodClarkson boundary 1.2 0.75 Hidden Valley Retreat – Clarkson
1.4 0.87 Ridgewood Boulevard – Ridgewood
1.6 0.99 Porongorup Drive – Clarkson
Ridgewood–Merriwa–Clarkson tripoint 1.8 1.1 Connolly Drive – Butler, Kinross, Currambine Roundabout
Merriwa–Clarkson boundary 2.3 1.4 Baltimore Parade – Merriwa
2.6 1.6 Renshaw Boulevard – Clarkson
Merriwa–Clarkson–Mindarie tripoint 2.9 1.8 Marmion Avenue (State Route 71) north & south / Anchorage Drive west – Yanchep, Ocean Reef, Hillarys, Mindarie Western terminus at roundabout
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

Australia road sign W5-29.svg Australian Roads portal

References[edit]

  1. ^ City of Wanneroo. "Annual General Meeting of Electors - 22 November 2002" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 March 2012.