With reports that motorists were mounting the curb at the corner of Toodyay and Reen roads to avoid being stuck behind stationary vehicles in the single lane, the department had bollards installed on May 7 to block the gravel path, but they were removed overnight.
The maintenance team reported the theft and the bollards were replaced on May 23. They were stolen again the next day.
A Main Roads spokeswoman said there were no plans to try again with the bollards.
‘At this stage, no other measures to prevent the illegal short cut are being considered,’ she said.
‘Given that the bollards were completely removed, possibly using a tractor, it was considered that other common methods, such as placing large boulders, would be equally ineffective and therefore not pursued.
‘It is disappointing that a member of the public would wilfully damage and remove infrastructure installed to enhance the safety of road users.’
Main Roads WA spent $1695 on the bollards.