Shire declares Toodyay a road freight ‘choke point’
A large semi-trailer is forced to cross into the path of oncoming traffic to travel across Newcastle Bridge after having to crawl around five sharp right-angled bends through residential streets on Toodyay’s ill-suited temporary heavy haulage truck bypass.
TOODYAY will continue to press for a new heavy haulage truck bypass around the town after being told recently that it is not on Main Roads WA’s current works agenda.
A new bypass was listed fourth on a list of five Toodyay Shire Council priorities in 2016.
It resulted in minor roadworks on the existing route, which has five right-angle bends on busy local residential roads.
New shire councillors voted last month to raise a new town bypass to top priority.
WA’s road funding authority was told that Toodyay is a road freight “choke point”.
The agency says the efficiency of Wheatbelt supply chains are “determined by the performance of the weakest link”.
“Failure to maintain and improve productivity of the secondary freight network will reduce the international competitiveness of the Wheatbelt agricultural sector, which underpins employment and economic activity in the region,” it said.
“Transport links need to be improved if the productivity of this sector is to be supported.”
The shire says it will continue to press the issue with State ministers.