City of Karratha

City Centre works update

13 Nov 2017

A new roundabout will be installed at the intersection of Sharpe Avenue and Welcome Road this month, ahead of the opening of the Red Earth Arts Precinct next year.

Traffic through the intersection is expected to increase once the new facility is operational and a roundabout will improve traffic flow and encourage a slower speed through the area.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said works will complement a range of city centre improvements that have seen Sharpe Avenue transformed in recent years to become the hub of the CBD.

“Our CBD has seen some big improvements over the past few years and as new facilities like the Red Earth Arts Precinct and new hospital project move closer to completion our vision for a vibrant city centre is quickly being realised,” Cr Long said.

“In addition to this, the Quarter HQ will see new tenants open up shop over the next few months and discussions with a proponent for a four star hotel, adjacent to the current green space in this area, are very promising. All of this will contribute to increased traffic in and around our CBD,” he said.

“The installation of a roundabout at the Red Earth Arts Precinct intersection will help control the flow of traffic and make it much easier for vehicles looking to enter Sharpe Avenue from Welcome Road.”

The current intersection at Sharpe Avenue and Welcome Road will be closed from today, Monday 13 November, while works to install the new roundabout are completed.

The intersection is expected to reopen on Wednesday 20 December. Traffic management will be in place throughout the closure period.

Additional modifications to the Searipple Road and Millstream Road intersection will start early in the New Year, utilising funds secured through the State Governments Black Spot program.