Brighton Road surface

15 August 2014

One of the most pressing problems facing Brighton Road is the condition of the road surface. At various points in the road the surface is broken and in need of urgent repair and/or resurfacing.

One of the most pressing problems facing Brighton Road is the condition of the road surface. At various points in the road the surface is broken and in need of urgent repair and/or resurfacing.

In July I wrote to the Minister to again request an update on the bike lane, but also to raise the issue of the deteriorating road surface based on my own observations and complaints from local drivers. I provided examples of a very poor surface at the following points:

• Southbound lane, South of Seacombe Road/Brighton Road intersection, Seacliff • Northbound lane, adjacent Brighton Central Shopping Centre, Brighton • Northbound lane, outside Brighton Secondary School, North Brighton.

I urged the department to take immediate steps to improve the condition of this major arterial thoroughfare.

I recently heard back from the Minister advising me of funds that were spent resurfacing sections of Brighton Road in the 2008/09 financial year (6 years ago) as well as informing me that the Department of Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) had inspected Brighton Road and that, while they found some areas where the road surface was such that it would affect ride quality, they didn't believe these defects caused a road hazard for motorists.

I completely disagree with this position and will continue to fight for more funding.

Slightly more encouraging is the DPTI's reassurance that the sections of Brighton Road above (among others) are now included in their pavement resurfacing program and that they will be considered for funding against other state-wide projects.

I am obviously disappointed by this response and will continue to make representations to the Government regarding the poor road surface condition. I encourage you to keep me informed of issues you encounter so I can effectively lobby the government on your behalf to prioritise Brighton Road.