Punch pleads for re­view into risky stretch of high­way

South Western Times - - News -

A RISKY stretch of Bus­sell High­way near Col­lege Grove will get a road safety re­view in re­sponse to grow­ing com­mu­nity con­cern.

Bun­bury MLA Don Punch pleaded in Par­lia­ment last week for the 6.4km sec­tion of high­way be­tween Robert­son Drive and Hare­woods Road to be looked into. Mr Punch said he agreed with the con­cerns ex­pressed by Da­lyellup and Col­lege Grove res­i­dents over the stretch of road, which he la­belled a “se­ri­ous area of risk”.

It in­cludes the Som­merville Drive in­ter­sec­tion, which has had sev­eral crashes in the past year.

“This sec­tion of road runs past our hos­pi­tal, along­side ma­jor sport­ing grounds, is a ma­jor ac­cess way for schools, the uni­ver­sity and TAFE and is reg­u­larly used by lo­cal res­i­dents, com­mer­cial traf­fic, tourist and cy­clists,” Mr Punch said.

“Th­ese com­pet­ing uses need to be con­sid­ered and the road man­aged to max­imise the needs and safety of all users.

“The na­ture of use of this sec­tion of road has changed sub­stan­tially over re­cent years as a re­sult of sig­nif­i­cant res­i­den­tial growth to the south of our city and it is time th­ese changes are as­sessed from a safety per­spec­tive.”

Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti con­firmed Main Roads WA would carry out a re­view.

Mr Punch said he ex­pected changes to be con­sid­ered would in­clude speed lim­its and man­age­ment of in­ter­sec­tions such as Som­merville Drive.

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