Poor condition of Owen Road poses danger

The poor condition of the Owen to Hamley Bridge Road poses a danger to road users and needs urgent attention, according to Member for Frome Geoff Brock MP.

Mr Brock received troubling photographs after speaking to a Hamley Bridge resident whose husband hit a dangerous pothole on the road travelling towards Templars and had a near miss with an oncoming semi-trailer recently, causing significant damage to his vehicle.

“There is a pothole of significant size in the road, which has not been repaired and I have contact Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Corey Wingard asking for an urgent site inspection,” Mr Brock said.

“I have asked that not only a site inspection be carried out with a view to repairing and upgrading that patch of the road, but also that attention be given to any other dangerous hazards on this stretch of the Owen Road.”

Mr Brock said he had lobbied for critical repairs to this road in 2019 and had been pleased at the time that the State Government had agreed for about 800 metres of the road to be scheduled for rehabilitation works in the 2019/20 financial year, with plans for completion by March 2020.

The estimated cost of the works at the time were $500,000, but Mr Brock said he is concerned that the work is still outstanding when it comes to critical sections of this road, which is full of dangerous undulations and pavement deterioration.