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Funds sought for road

28/Jul/2010

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Luke Simpkin, Alyssa Hayden, Frank Alban and Charlie Zannino at the intersection of Gnangara Rd and Drumpellier Drive. Luke Simpkin, Alyssa Hayden, Frank Alban and Charlie Zannino at the intersection of Gnangara Rd and Drumpellier Drive.

THE City of Swan is seeking a $24 million funding injection from State and Federal governments to upgrade Gnangara Road, as well continuing its push for it to be reclassified as a State road.

In the past five years there have been 272 traffic accidents and one fatality on an 8km stretch between Landsdale and Ellenbrook.

Of these, 131 accidents were at the intersection of Beechboro Road, 44 at Pinaster Parade and 17 at Drumpellier Drive.

Member for East Metropolitan Region Alyssa Hayden said she would support an increase of funding but that the City needed to take more responsibility for the road by allocating more funding.

“The City of Swan is calling this road a death trap,” she said.

“This has been an issue for years. The road desperately needs work on it, and they need more money.”

Mayor Charlie Zannino said daily traffic on the road was rising steadily each year and was nearing 28,000 vehicles.

“Future planning provides for a six lane high-standard road between Alexander Drive and Beechboro Road North, and a four lane high-standard road between Beechboro Road North and Pinaster Parade,” Cr Zannino said.

“Australian standards indicate that a dual carriageway should be constructed once the traffic volume exceeds 15,000 vehicles a day.

“After that, there is an increased risk of accidents.


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