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Roadworks improve safety at college

Published on Thursday 13 July, 2017

Roadwork roller

The school drop-off and pick-up at Southern River College are now significantly safer for students and motorists, thanks to a recently completed road upgrade by the City of Gosnells.

The City’s upgrade of Southern River Road in collaboration with the Department of Education and the college includes a new access way, additional parking and a Kiss-n-Ride zone at the college, plus a roundabout designed to enhance road safety and reduce congestion. 

“Road safety is of great importance to the City, and this project is making the school zone safer for students and motorists by improving traffic flow around the school at peak drop-off and pick-up times,” City of Gosnells Mayor Olwen Searle said.

Southern River College principal Everal Miocevich said the new access way and car park had helped to ease parking problems and road issues created by increasing numbers of students attending the college. 

“Feedback from parents, students, teachers and community members has been overwhelmingly positive,” Ms Miocevich said.

“This has been a much awaited change to the Ashburton Drive and Southern River Road access. The work fits in well with the college’s new façade, and aligns with recent refurbishments and garden areas.

“When communities work together we can achieve great things, and I would like to thank the City of Gosnells for the way these improvements have been carried out.”

Mayor Searle said parking and congestion had become serious issues for many local schools and the City had been working closely with schools and their surrounding communities to find solutions.

“The City has reached out to local schools with information and advice about safe parking for school communities, including offering Ranger visits to schools to talk about road safety. The City will also send Rangers to monitor parking in problem areas and issue infringements when necessary,” she said.

“Children can be difficult for drivers to see, they are still learning the dangers of the road, and are often excited or distracted, so we urge drivers to take extra care around schools at all times.”