Patchwork road menace
HOW APPALLING that Larry Graham has to report in last month’s letters page that he has suffered six broken windscreens over the past two years on Toodyay Road.
If you take a pleasurable drive from Stoneville Road West to Greenmount Hill along Great Eastern Highway, even with the roadworks going on presently, you get a consistent bitumen surface for a largely 80km/h speed zone roadway.
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Toodyay Road is ostensibly a 100km/h speed zone with an ever-varying, lower standard (patchwork quilt) of inconsistent bitumen surfaces from Red Hill to Toodyay and we are still long awaiting funding to totally upgrade Toodyay Road from Morangup Road to the Toodyay townsite.
Do we need to ask which road is the safer road to travel and why hasn’t the same consistent standard of pavement surface, as has been afforded Great Eastern Highway, been applied to Toodyay Road?
Are the Toodyay Road commuters being used by the Main Roads WA as ‘guinea pigs’ while they experiment with different pavement surfaces?
It has also been reported, I note, that it has been now more than 33 years since the Orange Route, the Perth-Adelaide National Highway (PANH) was announced.
I sincerely hope none of us was holding our breath while we’ve been waiting for updates on its progress.
I urge all Toodyay, Morangup and Gidgegannup residents to attend the Toodyay Road Liaison Committee Community Meeting at 6pm on Thursday June 6 in the Gidgegannup Showgrounds Hall to hear Main Roads WA staff explain the reasons behind the inconsistencies of Toodyay Road’s lesser standard of pavement surface compared with Great Eastern Highway’s, the PANH, and any other queries that have been raised.