Common goal – safety on Great Eastern Highway
Posted on Friday, 19 March 2004
Safety on Great Eastern Highway continues to be a priority and a meeting at Member for Pearce Judi Moylan’s Perth office on Friday saw progress in the right direction.
Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, Ian Campbell met with representatives of the Shire of Mundaring, the Shire of Northam, the Town of Northam, the No To 80 Action group and Steve Blizard, the endorsed Liberal candidate for Swan Hills.
At the meeting the Minister announced $3.5 million in federal funding to build new overtaking lanes on the Great Eastern Highway west of Northam. Minister Campbell said the money would go towards new passing lanes, which would ease traffic build-up on the highway and allow cars to overtake heavy vehicles. Meeting representatives were pleased with this commitment.
Ms Moylan asked the Federal Government to commit to other upgrades on the highway, which meeting representatives agreed could not cope with the current traffic capacity.
Minister Campbell agreed to look into the possibility of finding funds to create a diversion at the Nanamullen Brook Bridge at Clackline, on Great Eastern Highway, which most meeting representatives described as a “bottleneck”.
Last year $60,000 was granted for the bridge, to improve the crash strength of guardrails, enabling double road train access to and from Perth. These upgrades came under a $1 million highway safety package for Pearce late last year, which also included a new passing lane costing $700,000, which will be constructed westbound to relieve traffic congestion near Old Coach Road, 2.5 km east of Clackline.
Representatives from the shires and community groups urged the Minister to set a date for works to start on the proposed Perth-Adelaide Highway, which would “take enormous pressure off the Great Eastern Highway”.
The Minister will also explore the possibility of a safety audit for the stretch of road between Greenmount Hill and Mundaring.