UR­GENT MAT­TER

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

IN re­sponse to the front page ar­ti­cle in last week’s Gazette, I am con­cerned that two roads in my elec­torate have been iden­ti­fied in an RACWA survey as risky.

Mind you, I am not sur­prised that the sec­tion where the Kwinana Free­way south­bound merges into Man­ning Road has made it on the list.

The traf­fic in­fra­struc­ture on and around Can­ning Bridge is a mess and it will be ex­tremely costly to un­scram­ble.

Con­cern­ing the prob­lems as­so­ci­ated with the Can­ning High­way and Man­ning Road merge, this is ex­ac­er­bated by the lack of a south­bound on-ramp to the free­way com­ing off Man­ning Road.

I have dis­cussed this prob­lem with a suc­ces­sion of Gov­ern­ment trans­port min­is­ters. They have all agreed with the need for a south­bound ramp; in fact, the project has been costed sev­eral times.

While I un­der­stand that traf­fic con­ges­tion presents a huge chal­lenge for the State Gov­ern­ment as our pop­u­la­tion grows at a rapid rate, fix­ing the con­ges­tion on and around Can­ning Bridge needs more ur­gent con­sid­er­a­tion.

I con­tinue to lobby the Trans­port Min­is­ter on this mat­ter. I will also work with my Fed­eral col­league, Swan MHR Steve Irons, to see whether we can ac­cess some Com­mon­wealth fund­ing for the off-ramp.

With re­gard to the in­ter­sec­tion of Labouchere Road and Mill Point Road in South Perth, there does seem to be some con­fu­sion among cy­clists when they reach this busy in­ter­sec­tion. JOHN McGRATH MLA, Mem­ber for South Perth.

– US co­me­dian Steven Wright

via Ray­mond Prince

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