My way on high­way call

Kwinana Courier - - News - Vanessa Sch­mitt

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.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d486526

Parkin Street res­i­dents Rose­mary and Ian Sag­gers.

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