Kids at risk on busy Warrnambool bridge

MERRIVALE  resident  Doreen Melis and neighbours fear lives are at risk from increasing traffic volumes over the Wellington Street bridge, which will become busier as a newly-approved golf club subdivision develops.

They have called for the city council to provide safer passage for pedestrians and cyclists.

“It’s very dangerous especially for kids walking to school,” the long-term resident told The Standard.

“There is no other way nearby for them to cross the river.

“Cars roar up the road and over the bridge. When the new subdivision takes off traffic will increase.”

She has suggested a protected pedestrian path be built at the side of the bridge roadway.

A 47-lot residential subdivision was approved this week for the western end of  Younger Street, which runs off Wellington Street.

Harry Clark, 5, (front) and Zahli Clark, 8, with Zacc Dwyer, 11, Jye Wilson, 12, Alex Lloyd, 11, Davida Melis-Sharpe, 11, (back) and Doreen Melis on the Wellington Street bridge over the Merri River which has no pedestrian protection.

Harry Clark, 5, (front) and Zahli Clark, 8, with Zacc Dwyer, 11, Jye Wilson, 12, Alex Lloyd, 11, Davida Melis-Sharpe, 11, (back) and Doreen Melis on the Wellington Street bridge over the Merri River which has no pedestrian protection.