Local road closures
CONCERNS FROM RESIDENTS FORCE TRAFFIC TRIAL
BRUSHFOOT Boulevard in Success will be closed to southbound traffic entering from Wentworth Parade over safety concerns.
Closure of nearby Lamar Court in August, as part of work on the new Aubin Grove train station, forced traffic down alternative roads.
Brushfoot Boulevard copped the brunt of the extra traffic, with residents believing vehicle movements had increased tenfold.
At the time, the City of Cockburn installed signs to encourage non-local drivers to use Hammond Road to access Russell Road. But from this week, vehicles heading south will no longer be able to enter Brushfoot Boulevard from Wentworth Parade.
The City’s engineering and works director, Charles Sullivan, said temporary barriers would be placed at the entry and signs installed to direct traffic down alternative routes.
“The City will be monitoring traffic movements and volumes during the trial period and leading up to the opening of the new rail station and car parking areas,” he said.
“A report will be submitted for council’s consideration on the results of the temporary partial closure, after which council will decide on future traffic management measures in the area.”
Success Residents Association president Kim Sadlier said it was pleasing to have the issue addressed efficiently, even if it was done so through a trial. “It will be a lot safer,” he said. “The road wasn’t built to cater for the extra traffic using it, especially with its sharp bends.”
Brushfoot Boulevard resident Jennifer Crozier said the push now was to bring forward improvements at the Hammond Road, Frankland Avenue and Russell Road intersection.
Residents, who believe the upgrade would lead to less traffic on Brushfoot Boulevard, are currently circulating a Change.org petition to garner support.
The City of Cockburn previously said work at that site was tentatively planned for 2019-2021, depending on development in the area.