THERE is a renewed push for road upgrades at a Munster intersection described as “intolerable” during peak hour traffic.
Cockburn MLA Fran Logan has begun circulating a petition calling for the State Government and Main Roads to allow the new Beeliar Drive duplication to continue through the intersection at Stock Road.
He also wants the Mayor Road and Rockingham Road roundabout, which also links up with Beeliar Drive on the western side of Stock Road, to be widened and duplicated.
“Our petition being circulated in the community is calling on the State Government to take these road intersections seriously,” he said.
“The intersections need to be upgraded and the City of Cockburn should be allowed to build the four lanes of Beeliar Drive right up to Stock Road.”
Mr Logan plans to table the petition in parliament once he garners the necessary support.
Cockburn councillor Phil Eva said issues would only worsen with growth on the coast and the Australian Marine Complex.
Cockburn’s engineering and works director Charles Sullivan said the city had been working with Main Roads on a solution.
“The real issue is not so much the daily vehicle numbers but the congestion during peak hours,” he said.
“The congestion would be reduced if the Beeliar Drive and Stock Road intersection was widened by Main Roads WA to provide more capacity.
“Main Roads WA is investigating an intersection upgrade and once an acceptable project proposal has been developed the city will be lobbying Main Roads WA to upgrade the intersection on their works program as a high priority.”
Main Roads spokesman Dean Roberts said development of a project at the Beeliar Drive and Stock Road intersection began in 2015.
“$100,000 has been allocated from the State Black Spot program in 2016-17 to undertake the project development and detailed design activities to be ready for construction,” he said.
“Funding for construction of the intersection works will be nominated as part of the 2017-18 program.”