May­ors re­launch bridge push

CITIES RENEW CAM­PAIGN FOR $160M ROAD PRO­JECT

Comment News (Gosnells) - - State Election '17 -

THE Cities of Ar­madale and Cock­burn are again on the cam­paign trail for the $160 mil­lion Ar­madale Road Bridge at the up­com­ing State Elec­tion.

The coun­cils are push­ing for a new bridge and free­way in­ter­change at North Lake Road.

It would by­pass traffic around Cock­burn Cen­tral and pro­vide eas­ier ac­cess to Kwinana Free­way and Ar­madale Road.

The Cities of Ar­madale and Cock­burn launched phase three of the Com­mu­nity Con­nect State to get sup­port for the bridge, which will link Ar­madale Road with North Lake Road and re­duce traffic con­ges­tion around Cock­burn Cen­tral, Ar­madale Road and the Kwinana Free­way en­try.

The pair of coun­cils cam­paigned through­out the 2016 Fed­eral Elec­tion, but couldn’t get a com­mit­ment from the Gov­ern­ment.

WA La­bor has al­ready promised to scrap the $1.9 bil­lion Perth Freight Link and re­di­rect fund­ing to­wards the fly­over should it win the March 13 elec­tion.

The du­pli­ca­tion of Ar­madale Road al­ready re­ceived fund­ing in Septem­ber 2015 by the fed­eral and state gov­ern­ments.

Ar­madale Mayor Henry Zelones said the road net­work around Cock­burn Cen­tral was al­ready at break­ing point, leav­ing com­muters frus­trated and an­gry, as traffic added de­lays to their al­ready busy life­styles. Cock­burn Mayor Lo­gan Howlett said he would like to se­cure funds from both par­ties. Jan­dakot MLA Joe Fran­cis said the great­est pri­or­ity to ease traffic con­ges­tion is to build Roe 8, to which the City of Cock­burn was fun­da­men­tally op­posed.

“The coun­cil’s own traffic mod­el­ling re­ports prove the pos­i­tive im­pact Roe 8 will have on traffic in the Cock­burn area, but the coun­cil is de­lib­er­ately not al­low­ing those re­ports to be made pub­lic,” he said.

Pic­tures: Matt Jelonek d464793

Mayor Lo­gan Howlett and Mayor Henry Zelones last week at the site of the pro­posed bridge.

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