THERE are calls for the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale to install a footpath on a bridge to aid pedestrians along a busy stretch of road.
The bridge on Jarrahdale Road runs over Gooralong Brook, less than 500m from the town centre.
On average 1174 vehicles a day use Jarrahdale Road, 20 of which are heavy vehicles.
The bridge has a footpath on the side opposite the Jarrahdale Centenary Log.
Jarrahdale resident Ron Iannello has started a petition, backed by former Shire president Jan Star, for the Shire to build another footpath on the Centenary Log side.
Mr Iannello said the area next to the Centenary Log was often used for parking on weekends due to a lack of parking closer to the town, meaning visitors had to cross the busy stretch of road to reach town.
“On weekends parking is almost impossible,” he said.
“There’s a small bit of parking near the church, where the heritage society is, but on the weekend that’s chockers because you’ve got your walk trails and the people across the road at the tavern.”
Complicating matters, the bridge is near a bend in the road, meaning it is hard for people to see oncoming traffic.
Mr Iannello said the footpath would be easy to add and would act as a vital link to the town’s attractions.
Shire President John Erren welcomed the idea and said the council would investigate.
“We believe a footpath in the area would positively add to improving access on the Centenary Log side to allow easier access for the Jarrahdale Heritage Society and we will look for funding opportunities,” he said.
Cr Erren said they would review the parking situation but were unable to commit to building a new carpark.
“The Shire is reviewing the master plan for the Jarrahdale Heritage Park, however not all programs can be instigated at the outset and external funding sources will be sought prior to the progression of projects,” he said.