No cy­cle lane in wake of fa­tal­ity

Avon Valley Gazette - - KALAMUNDA -

MAIN Roads has con­firmed there is cur­rently no plan to build a ded­i­cated cy­cle lane along the road where Gidge­gan­nup cy­clist Kaleb Smith lost his life af­ter a col­li­sion with a truck last Mon­day.

How­ever, Main Roads spokesman Dean Roberts said sev­eral road safety im­prove­ments are un­der­way or in the pipe­line for var­i­ous lo­ca­tions along Toodyay Road be­tween Mid­dle Swan and Noble Falls.

Works for 2014-2015 in­clude widen­ing and seal­ing road shoul­ders and in­stalling road safety bar­ri­ers at the Springs Road in­ter­sec­tion near Gidge­gan­nup.

Mr Roberts said there would be more im­prove­ments to Toodyay Road from Roe High­way to Lewis Jones Cross, plus an up­grade to the Lewis Jones Cross in­ter­sec­tion.

“Other road safety im­prove­ment works to be funded on Toodyay Road in fu­ture years will in­volve widen­ing of the curve near Noble Fall,” he said.

“There will also be re­con­struc­tion of a num­ber of in­ter­sec­tions to pro­vide bet­ter sep­a­ra­tion of turn­ing and through traf­fic, and widen­ing sec­tions of the road to pro­vide bi­tu­men sealed shoul­ders, which will re­duce the in­ci­dence of run-off road crashes.”

Mr Smith (25) died af­ter he landed in a gravel ditch near the in­ter­sec­tion of Reen Road about 5.15am on Fe­bru­ary 16.

Mr Roberts said Main Roads was de­vel­op­ing sev­eral safety im­prove­ment projects for Toodyay Road with the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Gidge­gan­nup Progress As­so­ci­a­tion chair­woman Sally Block said Main Roads ad­vised the as­so­ci­a­tion there was in­suf­fi­cient space to pro­vide the re­quired two-me­tre width for a cy­cle lane on each side of Toodyay Road.

Joel Kelly

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