Bridge to be made safer


Eastern Reporter - - News - Belinda Cipri­ano

AN up­grade of an un­safe road bar­rier on Guild­ford Road and out­dated Ash­field Bridge has been given the green light by coun­cil­lors af­ter Main Roads WA (MRWA) de­clared them in poor con­di­tion and a safety is­sue at last month’s Bassendean coun­cil meet­ing.

MRWA spokesman Greg Peak ad­dressed coun­cil with a pro­posal to pro­tect the cur­rent bridge and bar­rier, from ve­hi­cle im­pact and as well as pre­vent se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent or in­jury.

“The ex­ist­ing is a steel struc­ture (bridge) con­structed in 1968 and de­signed to the stan­dards of that era, which are not met cur­rently,” he said.

“Traf­fic on Guild­ford Road has also sig­nif­i­cantly grown with growth in Bassendean and City of Swan, as has size of ve­hi­cles.

“The ex­ist­ing bar­rier is in very poor con­di­tion.

“We had an op­por­tu­nity to ex­am­ine the bar­rier and de­ter­mined the bar­rier es­sen­tially un­safe and it would not per­form to its fullest func­tion in the case of ve­hi­cle im­pact.”

Mr Peak said as part of the up­grade up to four Fis­cus Hilli trees would have to be re­moved but MRWA was happy to re­place them as well as sup­ply ex­tras to make up for the loss.

As part of the up­grade four Fis­cus Hilli trees, lo­cated on the north­ern Guild­ford road will be re­moved and three Cal­lis­te­mon Vim­i­nalis trees planted to re­place them in slightly off­set lo­ca­tions to fa­cil­i­tate the bar­rier in­stal­la­tion.

Coun­cil­lors Paul Bridges, Bob Brown and Re­nee McLen­nan said while they ac­knowl­edged the safety con­cern, they asked if all op­tions had been taken into ac­count so there was no loss of trees. Coun­cil­lors Gerry Pule, Mike Lewis and John Gan­gell said peo­ple’s safety was para­mount.

Bassendean chief ex­ec­u­tive Bob Jarvis said it was im­por­tant to con­struct the new bridge due to safety risks pre­sented by MRWA.

The up­grade is not ex­pected be­fore mid 2018.

Planned im­prove­ments to an area of road and bridge deemed un­safe.

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