Candidates propose to widen Cobra Street to four lanes | Poll

Widen it: Making Cobra Street four lanes wide would reduce congestion in Cobra Street, two Dubbo Regional Council candidates have said. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE
Widen it: Making Cobra Street four lanes wide would reduce congestion in Cobra Street, two Dubbo Regional Council candidates have said. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

Widening Cobra Street to four lanes would improve traffic flow and reduce congestion on one of Dubbo’s main thoroughfares according to two Dubbo Regional Council candidates.

Greg Mohr and Dayne Gumley want to see Cobra Street opened to two lanes of traffic in both directions, from Sheraton Road to Darling Street and believe it can happen.

Mr Mohr said the road was four lanes about 25 years ago, but the decision was made to narrow it to two for safety reasons.

However he said now there were enough other safety options, such as concrete barriers, to allow the streets to be widened and still minimise the number of accidents and incidents.

Mr Gumley, who is standing for nomination in the Dubbo East ward, said he was worried if something wasn’t done, Dubbo’s congestion problems would get even worse.

“We know that Dubbo is having issues with its traffic management. I believe that if Cobra Street were to be reverted back to four lanes it would increase the amount of vehicles being able to use the road inbusy periods.” Mr Gumley said.

“Dubbo is renowned for being the 10 minute city. I take pride in the fact I can get to work in just a 10 minute drive. I really take pride in telling Sydneysiders about the transit time advantages of Dubbo. However, if we don’t address the ever increasing traffic issues we will certainly start losing this 10 minute advantage.”

Mr Mohr, who has confirmed he will stand in Dubbo South, said if elected he and Mr Gumley would push council to commission a full report into options for Cobra Street.

He said the new intersection at Fitzroy and Cobra streets would go some way toward reducing bottlenecks but there were too many changes from two lanes to four and then back again, which exacerbated the problem.

“I tried to get council to revert this street back to four lanes in the last term of council but failed after a campaign by opposing councillors who refused to see a problem,” he said.

“I would like to see council and the RMS look at Cobra Street in its entirety and re-instate Cobra Street to four lanes at the same time as the traffic light installation [on Fitzroy].”