Sixty Eight not so great for frustrated ratepayer

Weekend Courier - - Front Page - Gabrielle Jef­fery

FRUSTRATED and con­cerned with the state of roads near his home, a Bal­divis res­i­dent says it is time for the City of Rock­ing­ham to act.

Phillip Fletcher said Six­tyEight Road was in a dan­ger­ous state due to ne­glect and con­struc­tion at the new Bal­divis high school.

“The only sec­tion that is OK is the part that was done by de­vel­op­ers that bor­ders their es­tate; the rest is full of pot holes, is crum­bling and too nar­row,” he said.

“Where they are build­ing the school, con­struc­tion ve­hi­cles park along the road and cars and trucks speed along the road, with lots of twists and bends. It’s a mir­a­cle noone has had a se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent or been killed.”

He said he was sick of pay­ing dou­ble rates.

“Where I live off Six­tyEight Road we pay dou­ble the rates and don’t even have a street light,” he said.

“I see other roads in Rock­ing­ham resur­faced and yet there’s noth­ing wrong with them.

“The only thing that hap­pens here is potholes patched Jon Hew­son while en­tire sec­tions of road crum­bles around them.”

“The Shire con­tinue to re­seal roads in Rock­ing­ham that are in good con­di­tion but fail badly in my area.”

Rock­ing­ham Mayor Barry Sam­mels said only main­te­nance works would be done on the road.

“The con­di­tion of the road sur­face does not war­rant resur­fac­ing at this time,” he said.

“The sur­face con­di­tion has not reached the re­quired in­ter­ven­tion level to be ad­dressed through resur­fac­ing. How­ever, it will be listed for fu­ture up­grade­mu­ni­ d480548 and as­sessed an­nu­ally.”

“The City will con­tinue to un­der­take reg­u­lar gen­eral main­te­nance, in­clud­ing pot­hole re­pair, to ad­dress any de­fects or safety is­sues.”

He said re­cent road im­prove­ment had been done on Sixty-Eight Road be­tween Wan­doo Drive and Eighty Road.

“The City does not con­sider that the road sur­face poses any sig­nif­i­cant risk to road users, how­ever the City will con­tinue to mon­i­tor the road con­di­tion and un­der­take reg­u­lar gen­eral main­te­nance as re­quired to ad­dress any is­sues,” he said.

Phillip Fletcher wants the City of Rock­ing­ham to im­prove Bal­divis roads.Picture:

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