It wasn’t difficult for the Mid West Industry Road Safety Alliance to gaze into its crystal ball and see another accident on the stretch of road near the Greenough River Bridge — just last month it predicted further trouble there.
The latest in a long list of incidents occurred at the weekend, with a head-on collision between two passenger cars.
Four people were taken to Geraldton Regional Hospital, and while police have said it appears to be caused by driver error, it’s the ninth crash at the site in five years.
Carnarvon man Justin Dyson died there in May, when the car he was a passenger in struck the bridge.
The Alliance is calling for the widening and realignment of this section of Brand Hwy, north of the S-Bend.
It said the two-lane bridge, which is 6.2m wide between kerbs, falls well short of minimum highway standards of 8.2m.
A new bridge at the Greenough River crossing has been mooted by the Department for Transport, but Alliance chairman Paul Matthews is frustrated by delays.
“It’s all the same sort of rhetoric, we’re well aware of it,” he said.
“This has been going on for so many years and people have been complaining about this bridge and it’s still not fixed.
“This last crash sounds like driver error more than anything else, but still it happened near the bridge, it’s just appalling.”
WA Minister for Transport Troy Buswell said the replacement of the bridge was considered a high priority.
“Main Roads is proceeding with the design of a replacement bridge and associated road works so that an accurate cost estimate can be developed for Government funding consideration,” he said.
He said funding for the improvements would be considered in the next Budget.
The Alliance will be officially launched in Geraldton today by WA Minister for Police and Road Safety Liza Harvey.
Mrs Harvey said its role in the community was important because it encouraged shared responsibility for solutions to reduce the road toll.
There needs be a history of three casualties over a five-year period to be included in the Federal Government’s Blackspots Program.