The City of Kalamunda, together with Main Roads WA representatives, and the Developers from the St. Peter Jacobite Syrian Church group put their heads together today to look at solutions as to how the trees can be saved and road access still given to the church group at 831 Welshpool Road in Wattle Grove.
CEO Rhonda Hardy said “The meeting was very positive with all in attendance recognising the critical imperative to protect the trees.”
“Several ideas and options were floated with further investigations being undertaken in regards to the feasibility of these options. We are hopeful a new design could be approved, which would protect trees.”
“Design engineers have been asked to redesign the slip lane by cribbing into the outside lane by 0.5m. The slight reduction in the width of the inside RAV 4 lane would give the designers the scope to shift the slip lane away from the major trees. We are working with Main Roads Heavy Vehicle experts to confirm if this is possible.”
The bus embayment is also a problem causing the slip lane to be longer. The City and the Developer will meet with the PTA to request removal the bus embayment which will again assist in saving trees. The bus stop has very limited usage.
A road safety audit will also be undertaken based upon these new design ideas to ensure safety is not compromised. This may lead to a requirement to reduce the speed on Welshpool Road down to 70kph. The Council will need to resolve to request Main Roads to reduce the speed limit.
The City is encouraging community members to:
1) Support the removal of the bus embayment
2) Support reduction of the inside lane and the slip lane to be overlapped therefore reducing the total road width by 0.5m.
3) Support the reduction of the Welshpool Road to a 70km speed zone.
The City will continue to keep Community members updated regarding progress on the issue.