A GROUP of Noranda residents want Main Roads WA to extend a screen wall along the complete length of the Benara Road bridge, which is currently being constructed as part of the NorthLink WA project.
NorthLink WA southern section contractors John Holland have installed screen walls in Wells Court residents’ backyards to ensure vehicles and pedestrians cannot see into the backyards within 100m of the road.
Main Roads spokesman Dean Roberts said John Holland informed residents they would review the noise and screen wall designs following concerns raised by residents.
“John Holland has now finalised a design for a screen wall that runs along the northern side of the west approach to the bridge structure and completed checks to ensure that screening requirements have been met,” he said.
“When constructed, it is anticipated that this will satisfy resident’s concerns.
“Screens are typically provided adjacent to roadways and paths or on property boundaries.”
Noranda resident Tenille Modica said several residents wanted the screen wall at the bridge to run all the way to the end of the bridge.
“(Main Roads and John Holland) have tried but the outcome that they are proposing is not enough,” she said.
“You can see into my backyard from the bridge… when we have our lights on at night, that gap is enough for people to look over.”
Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson said while NorthLink WA would be great for road users, it caused real headaches for residents next to developments.
“I’m pleased that after our meeting John Holland has agreed to work more closely with all the residents along the Benara side of Wells Court to ensure they are happy with the additional privacy screens they will be installing,” she said.
“If they are not adequately screened by these I will pursue the option of screening from the ramp to the bridge with the Minister for Transport.”