Overpass bypassed

I WAS rather alarmed to read in the September 8 edition that parents and teachers at schools on Murdoch Drive believe the existing signal controlled intersection at Winthrop Avenue and children’s crossings controlled by traffic wardens are considered unsafe.

They are calling on the City of Melville and State Government to construct an overpass or underpass.

Are these parents and teachers not teaching their children and pupils the basics of pedestrian safety and that they should obey the instructions of the traffic wardens?

Rather than waste a bundle of ratepayers’ money on such costly infrastructure, why not consider running fences along the kerb to prevent the little darlings from wandering onto the road and erect some signage to warn them of the dangers of crossing busy roads and/or direct them to the existing measures that seem to work everywhere else in Perth.

Heaven forbid if the final decision is that an overpass is required.

I know where there’s one that has had very little use since it was constructed and could be relocated.

The overpass over South Street near Pinetree Gully Road in Willetton was built in 2007 at great expense to the WA taxpayer (around $3.26 million, double the original estimate) primarily for pre-election pork-barrelling under the guise of enhanced safety for children walking to and from school.

Very few use it.

COLIN DELANE, Leeming