GRAVE CON­CERNS

Joondalup Weekender - - News -

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

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