FIFTY Road Deli owners are celebrating after a proposed intersection upgrade that threatened their business was dropped.
Owners Frank and Diana Cutri said the City of Rockingham informed them of the decision early this month.
“It was on my birthday – it was the best birthday present ever,” said Mrs Cutri.
“They said it was due to extra costs for the upgrade.”
It came after the City decided to upgrade the intersection of Fifty and Mandurah roads, citing safety reasons.
Yet there has never been a fatality at the intersection.
The upgrade would have blocked the deli’s main drive-through access which the Cutris said was their main source of customers.
Concerned what impact the upgrades would have on their family business the owners started a petition that received about 4000 signatures.
“We had truck drivers from all around Perth sign the petition as well as locals,” said Mrs Cutri. “We were overwhelmed with their support and say thank-you to everyone for their support.”
Baldivis Labor candidate Reece Whitby and Member for Kwinana Roger Cook took the Cutris’ concerns to council and the State Government and helped with the petitions.
Mayor Barry Sammels confirmed the works had been cancelled.
“The road works are not going ahead,” he said.
“The inclusion of alternate access for businesses at that location in the final design increased the cost of the project significantly above the original estimate.
“In January, Main Roads WA agreed with the City in cancelling the work.”
Main Roads spokesman Dean Roberts said the project no longer met the cost requirements of the State Blackspot Program.
“The City of Rockingham has recommended to Main Roads that the project not proceed due to cost escalations associated with the project. The State Blackspot Program funds originally allocated to this project will therefore be redirected to other projects in that program,” he said.
He added that Main Roads had provided some funding to the City for the project through the Blackspot Program.