My way on highway call
ROCKINGHAM residents have raised concerns about traffic congestion on Parkin Street and are calling for the Garden Island Highway to be built.
Ian Saggers sent a petition about the Parkin Street traffic issues to City of Rockingham chief executive Michael Parker. The petition had 113 signatures.
Mr Saggers said there were high volumes of traffic using Parkin Street to access Garden Island.
“The traffic has not only created unbearable noise pollution, but is also causing delays for people leaving their homes or adjoining streets safely,” he said.
“It is also a major concern that it this same route that is taken when transporting ammunition and explosives to and from the island.”
Mr Saggers said the situation was urgent and sought council support for the Garden Island Highway to become a priority.
Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the council would review the petition and investigate the local impact of construction traffic.
“Traffic counts have been completed on Parkin Street to determine the speed, volume and type of vehicles using the road,” he said. “Parkin Street is classified as a District Distributor B road and is designed to carry high traffic volumes travelling to industrial, commercial and residential areas.
“The surge in traffic currently being experienced on Parkin Street is still within its design specifications.”
Cr Sammels said a traffic management scheme would be installed along Parkin Street between the Patterson Road, Railway Terrace, Kent Street and Parkin Street intersection, as well as the Hymus Street, Safety Bay Road and Parkin Street intersection.
“The traffic management scheme will address safety, access and congestion issues in the area, and will be completed in the 2018-2019 financial year,” he said.
Cr Sammels said construction of the Garden Island Highway was not warranted at this time.
“Although it has been identified as a future part of the regional road network and a regional road link to HMAS Stirling, the need for, and timing of, the highway is part of a much broader regional traffic issue beyond the short-term impacts of the construction project currently underway on Garden Island,” he said.
Parkin Street residents Rosemary and Ian Saggers.