Britnell asks for timelines for repairs on Hamilton and Hopkins Highways

Shadow Minister for Rural Roads Roma Britnell has written to Minister Jaala Pulford in relation to two shocking pieces of highway in the south-west.

Ms Britnell has asked the Minister to explain when a section of the Hamilton Highway east of Mortlake and a section of the Hopkins Highway between Purnim and Ballengeich will be repaired and have speed limits reinstated to 100 km/h.

Ms Britnell said she has watched the section of the Hamilton Highway, near Six Mile Lane, deteriorate over the past few months.

“I’ve been shocked the only works that have happened has been lowering of the speed limit,” Ms Britnell said.

“That section of the highway is appalling, even at the reduced speed limit its dangerous for motorists.

“Over the past couple of weeks rumble strips have been installed either side of the dangerous bit of road. I cannot fathom why that was the priority ahead of repairing this damaged and dangerous road surface.”

In relation to the Hopkins Highway, Ms Britnell said she wrote to Minister Pulford in June 2019 about the issue.

“In her response the Minister said works would begin in the warmer months of the 2019/2020 financial year,” Ms Britnell said.

“Given work is yet to begin, I’m now asking the Minister for a definitive timeline.

“Despite the lowered speed limit, cars are still bottoming out as they travel through the rough surface or are swerving onto the other side of the road to avoid the damaged section.

“It’s a dangerous situation that has been going on for too long. It’s time for the Minister to act and get this section of the Hopkins Highway fixed now.”

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