IN response to your article regarding the proposed overpass at the junction of Wanneroo Road and Joondalup Drive (Weekender, May 24), a significant number of residents have grave concerns relating to this project in its current form.
While we are in favour of improvements, this project is flawed on so many levels it will incur more problems than the anticipated improvement to future traffic flow: an increase of 80 seconds delay by 2023 if nothing is done.
The safety of pedestrians and other road users is paramount.
In order to cross this junction, pedestrians will have to navigate free-flowing traffic, cyclists using both the overpass and the roundabout underneath may not be readily seen and how is the “one metre rule” going to work?
Residents of the retirement village will no longer enjoy freedom of movement as they do now.
What provisions have been put in place for those who are partially sighted and/or rely on mobility aids?
This concrete monstrosity will be a graffiti nightmare and traffic noise will resonate far and wide as there will be no natural foliage at that height (10m) to absorb any noise at all.
An underpass would be better; it will resolve most concerns, particularly safety concerns.
All these concerns and more have been raised with the Member for Wanneroo and the Minister for Transport.
Local residents have been promised an opportunity to discuss their concerns. MR AND MRS STILLMAN, Carramar