Call rejected in no roundabout way
CALLS from the community for a roundabout at a “dangerous” Mt Lawley intersection may go unanswered, with it deemed “unfeasible” by the City of Stirling.
Resident Sabby Pizzolante said he had seen crashes and near misses for the past 10 years at the intersection of Central Avenue and Clifton Crescent and wanted to see it made safer.
“This has been an ongoing saga,” he said. “Traffic has built up over the years; people go faster through the intersection or go through the stop sign without stopping.”
The Central Avenue resident said he started a petition for action eight years ago but it wasn’t enough to sway the City to take action.
“I will keep at it; I live here and this issue is constant,” he said.
“No one has died yet but it would be awful if that did happen.”
City of Stirling manager engineering design Paul Giamov said crash statistics had declined and a roundabout or traffic signals were not feasible.
He said 42 crashes were reported from 2007 to 2012, including a peak of 12 during the 2013 calendar, but the number reduced to 29 from 2012 to 2017.
“Main Roads WA has already indicated their strong desire for no new traffic signals – or even modifications to existing signals – that result in reduced efficiency on the arterial road network,” he said.
“Traffic signal modifications to include right-turn arrows at a number of other intersections, which would provide obvious safety benefits, have also been rejected by Main Roads WA.
“A roundabout would require resumption of land from the four corner properties, which the City does not consider a feasible option.”
Mt Lawley MLA Simon Millman, who met with several residents at the intersection, said “the issue resonates deeply in our community”.
“My goal is to make this intersection a priority for the local council and to get the ball rolling so a sustainable solution can be implemented as soon as possible,” he said.