Cross­ing call af­ter pedes­trian death Laura Pond

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A DIANELLA woman says more needs to be done for pedes­trian safety af­ter the death of a man on Yir­ri­gan Drive in July.

Leanne McShane no longer feels com­fort­able cross­ing the road near Co­ral­berry Cres­cent, where the 91-year-old man died on July 2.

She is call­ing for a for­mal pedes­trian cross­ing at the site to en­able peo­ple to safely ac­cess The Square Mirra­booka.

“It’s a bit of a race track on Yir­ri­gan Drive,” she said.

“More peo­ple would use it if it was safer to use.”

Ms McShane’s par­ents live nearby and she crosses the road daily but pur­posely avoids the area where the crash oc­curred.

“I saw the after­math of the ac­ci­dent and I thought for a mo­ment it was my dad,” she said.

“I worry about my dad us­ing it.”

City of Stir­ling en­gi­neer­ing de­sign man­ager Paul Gi­amov said there were three re­ported crashes be­tween 2011 and 2016 at the Yir­ri­gan and Co­ral­berry in­ter­sec­tion and none in­volved pedes­tri­ans.

He said the only com­plaint re­ceived about the cross­ing was from Morley MLA Am­ber-Jade San­der­son, who was con­tacted by Ms McShane.

“The cross­ing at this lo­ca­tion is not con­sid­ered in­her­ently dan­ger­ous, as it re­quires a twostaged cross­ing move­ment, tak­ing ac­count of traf­fic from one di­rec­tion at a time,” he said.

“There are many sim­i­lar mid-block pedes­trian cross­ings on many dual car­riage­way roads in the City with equal or greater traf­fic flows.”

Mr Gi­amov said fol­low­ing an as­sess­ment by the City it be­lieved the cross­ing would not be ap­proved by Main Roads.

“For pedes­tri­ans who do not feel com­fort­able cross­ing the road at this unsignalised lo­ca­tion, there are two sig­nalised in­ter­sec­tions within close prox­im­ity at Dianella Drive and at Sud­bury Road that may fa­cil­i­tate a safer cross­ing move­ment for pedes­tri­ans,” he said.

The City will re­view if fur­ther safety im­prove­ments can be made.

Ms San­der­son said she was dis­ap­pointed with the re­sponse.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d475592

Leanne McShane at the Co­ral­berry Cres­cent and Yir­ri­gan Drive in­ter­sec­tion.

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