By Rebecca Peppiatt
A $14 MILLION upgrade to one of Perth Hills’ most dangerous intersections is well underway, thanks to the persistence of one local man.
Peter Hackett has spent 33 years living in and travelling along the roads of Wooroloo and Chidlow and says in that time he has seen far too many accidents and deaths at the intersection of Old Northam Road and the Great Eastern Highway.
“I’ve seen two deaths here,” he said.
“One woman got killed on this corner here and her mother got struck coming to help her.”
Mr Hackett, a member of the Chidlow Progress Association and one of the directors at Bendigo Bank, Mundaring, persisted with badgering local, state and federal governments to get something done about the deadly turn off.
At last month’s Shire of Mundaring council meeting, councillors were voting to allow the closure of Old Northam Road at the Wooroloo end while the road upgrade took place.
Councillor John Daw congratulated Mr Hackett on his perseverance on the issue.
“This has been coming for some time,” he said.
“This really was a community initiative to improve a bit of significantly dangerous road.
“I see this as an opportunity to save lives.”
Clearing work started on the project in August 2021.
Two kilometres of the Great Eastern Highway is being realigned to improve safety and visibility.
Main Roads are also building a new intersection at Old Northam Road further to the south and reconstructing the Wooroloo Prison Farm access road.
“I’d really like to thank community member Peter Hackett who kept telling us this was a serious issue and that there was a significant danger to human life at this intersection,” Cr Daw said.
“He got us to go out there and have a look at it with MLA Jess Shaw and Hasluck MP Ken Wyatt who came good with the funding eventually for this project.”
Construction will take approximately seven weeks starting mid-February, requiring the closure of Old Northam Road for that period.
Access to or from Old Northam and Government Roads and Great Eastern Highway will be via Linley Valley or Doconing Roads during the period of closure.