A RECENT traffic accident on the Estuary Bridge that jammed traffic in surrounding streets has brought to a head many years of frustration over the 30-year-old three-lane bridge.
Dawesville Liberal candidate Zac Kirkup said he would fight for a new bridge, if elected in the forthcoming State Election.
He said it was the most important issue brought up by the community and would be his top priority.
“It won’t happen overnight but it is important we talk about the issues on behalf of the community,’’ he said.
More than 36,000 vehicles use the bridge each day, a number likely to rise to 44,000 by 2031.
Mr Kirkup said the traffic was as bad now as it was before the opening of the Forrest Highway in 2009.
Then Premier Brian Burke officially opened the bridge in 1986 with only three lanes.
It has been a matter of concern since that a four-lane highway feeds into the bridge.
Mr Kirkup said it was short sighted that a fourth lane was not originally included.
He said the new traffic bridge now under development created hundreds of jobs with an immediate economic impact.
Resident Ron Jones said the population continued to growth south of the Estuary Bridge.
“It’s chaotic and dangerous and to have to shut it down after an accident is unforgivable in this day and age,’’ he said.
“Sooner or later there will be a really serious prang.”
Mr Kirkup said former Dawesville MLA Arthur Marshall, Dawesville MLA Kim Hames and Mandurah MLA David Templeman had brought up the bridge issue in Parliament over the years.
“We must continue the good work they did,’’ he said.
“Every day it gets worse and worse and a dedicated traffic study has not been done.”
Mr Kirkup has created a petition at www.newestuarybridge.com.