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Resident asks for long-term Hetherington St risk reduction

Deniliquin's Hetherington St should be sealed, according to the street's residents.

TYLA HARRINGTON July 8, 2014 3:40am

Residents have welcomed roadworks to improve safety on Hetherington St, but are still calling on Deniliquin Council to do more.

After losing control of his car on the ‘‘appalling’’ dirt road near his home, Andrew Jefferies approached council last month to improve the road.

Grading of the often weather-affected dirt road has been completed, but Mr Jefferies says sealing the road is the only real solution.

He said a sealed road would double as a deterrent for ‘‘hoon drivers’’, which he said was another ongoing concern for Hetherington St residents.

‘‘Council is to be congratulated on the improvements. Now it will be interesting to see how the road goes,’’ he said.

‘‘There is a lot of traffic on Hetherington St — especially with three businesses (along it).

‘‘I lost control of my vehicle doing 30km/h and skidded onto the wrong side of the road. That same morning the school bus had to give way to a car and nearly got bogged.

‘‘What will happen when the school bus loses control or gets bogged, or even hits a post or rolls over?

‘‘There are around 50 people living along that stretch of road and 23 of them are children,’’ Mr Jefferies said.

‘‘(Before the upgrade) all our children had to catch a school bus or be driven to school as it was too dangerous to walk and impossible to ride a push bike.

‘‘There are hoon drivers who lose control on the road and the only way to stop people from doing that is to seal it.’’

Deniliquin Deputy Mayor Ashley Hall agreed with Mr Jefferies that the dirt road does become a ‘‘quagmire’’, but he did not necessarily believe a bitumen seal was the answer.

Deniliquin Council general manager Des Bilske said the new road upgrades mean Hetherington St can withstand the ‘‘greater majority of weather’’.

Mr Jefferies maintains it is not a permanent solution.

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