Dual car­riage­way call for freight route

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - NEWS -

THE City of Kala­munda is calling on the State and Fed­eral gov­ern­ments to pro­vide fi­nan­cial sup­port for a much-needed up­grade to Aber­nethy Road in High Wy­combe from a sin­gle lane to a dual car­riage­way, with an ex­ten­sion to the rail­way tun­nel.

Mayor An­drew Wad­dell said there was an ur­gent need to up­grade the road to dual car­riage between Avon­side Cres­cent and Ade­laide Street.

“This stretch of road is a key freight route and ex­pe­ri­ences con­ges­tion dur­ing peak pe­ri­ods due to the vol­ume of ve­hi­cles ser­vic­ing the sur­round­ing in­dus­trial ar­eas,” he said.

“The pro­jected pop­u­la­tion in­creases and heavy ve­hi­cle us­age present se­ri­ous eco­nomic, com­mu­nity and safety is­sues to our com­mu­nity, with the cur­rent daily ve­hi­cle us­age of 15,000 pro­jected to rise to 28,000 ve­hi­cles per day by 2031.”

He said the ca­pac­ity for road widen­ing was re­stricted by the sin­gle car­riage­way over the For­rest­field Rail Tun­nel.

Mr Wad­dell called for a 3km stretch of the road to be up­graded, a ma­jor ex­ten­sion to the rail­way tun­nel and in­ter­sec­tion up­grades at Aber­nethy Road/ Kala­munda Road, Aber­nethy Road/Dun­das Road and Aber­nethy Road/Ade­laide Street.

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