Call re­jected in no round­about way

Guardian Express - - CITY OF STIRLING - By JU­LIAN WRIGHT

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.

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