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Noise, damage adds up on Northlink

MAIN Roads WA (MRWA) have confirmed noise monitoring of the controversial Ellenbrook to Muchea section of Northlink has been completed, with a report set to be finalised in the coming weeks.

This comes as new figures released in State Parliament put the damage bill to cars driving on the billion-dollar highway at over $307,000.

As reported in Northlink leaves drivers spitting chips (Echo News, May 15), 238 damage claims were made in the first 20 days Northlink was open, with the blame largely attributed to the chipseal used to complete the Ellenbrook to Muchea section.

At the time, MRWA spokesperson Dean Roberts said the road surface had now stabilised, and encouraged all road users to keep a safe distance between their vehicles and others on the road.

However figures released in State Parliament earlier this week revealed that 1080 claims have been made against the Northlink extension, with 422 paid out at a cost of $307,000 to the contractor responsible for the work, CPB contractors.

Shadow Transport minister Libby Mettam claimed the McGowan Government had been trying to do the project on the cheap.

She also said there were ongoing concerns from local residents regarding the noise coming from the highway.

Main Roads WA were forced to bring noise modelling from the Ellenbrook-Muchea section of the highway forward by four months in response to complaints from local residents detailed in Northlink noise never ends (Echo News, May 29).

Earlier this week Mr Roberts confirmed the noise modelling had now been completed, with a report on the data being finalised with the coming weeks.

He added that Main Roads was “open” to sharing the results with residents who have lodged their concerns in relation to noise.

It is not yet known how MRWA will satisfy nearby landowners, with several reports that double-glazing is ineffective against the sound of the highway.

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