Lo­cal road clo­sures

CON­CERNS FROM RES­I­DENTS FORCE TRAF­FIC TRIAL

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Bryce Luff

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.

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