Denny Avenue ‘worst in WA’
DRIVERS voted Kelmscott’s Denny Avenue as the most dangerous road in WA in the RAC’s Riskiest Roads survey.
The intersections at Denny and Streich avenues and Denny and Railway avenues were ranked second and third respectively as WA’s worst intersections.
Denny Avenue had a confusing road and intersection layout, an inadequate traffic light system and poor crossing or turning opportunities, including for pedestrians, according to drivers who completed the survey.
RAC corporate affairs general manager Will Golsby said the survey received 6000 nominations from across metropolitan and regional WA.
“There are over 187,000 kilometres of road in WA and no one knows it better than the people who drive, ride, cycle or walk on it every day,” Mr Golsby said.
He said WA had gone from having one of the best to one of the worst fatality rates and argued for reducing what he called an “$845 million road maintenance backlog,” by 30 per cent over the next four years.
The RAC estimated road trauma costs WA $6.6 billion a year.
Mr Golsby called for some of the $95 million stored in the Road Trauma Trust to be allocated to road safety projects.
Liberal candidate for Armadale Wendy Jeffery said Denny Avenue would be one of the first issues she would tackle with the State Government if elected, despite her party having nine years to fix the problem.
“(Former Armadale MLA) Alannah McTiernan submitted a plan to fix Denny Avenue back in 2004 and nothing happened, so there have been delays on both sides,” she said.
WA Labor has promised Denny Avenue will be the first rail crossing to undergo separation, starting in 2019, should it win government.
It was part of a $257 million election promise to fix WA’s worst level crossings.
Denny Avenue in Kelmscott has been voted the most dangerous road in WA.