Call for intersection fix
Residents in plea after set of traffic lights knocked down six times in two years
I have walked (my children) to school and come back and the lights have been knocked down.” Jessica Bodt
TRAFFIC lights at a notorious intersection in Lethbridge Park have been knocked down by cornercutting drivers six times in two years.
The corner of Luxford Rd and Palmyra Ave has gained a fearsome reputation, with many locals trying to avoid the area.
A Roads and Maritime Services spokesman confirmed the repair bill was $10,000 every time the lights were hit.
Worried mother-of-five Jessica Bodt said “something needs to be done”.
Three of Ms Bodt’s children cross at the lights to ac- cess their schools, and she said the number of times the pole had been hit was unsettling.
“I worry every day,” Ms Bodt said.
“I come down to meet (the children) but half the time I don’t know if the lights are working because I have walked them to school and come back and the lights have been knocked down.
“You don’t know how to cross because there’s no way of pressing the button.”
The RMS spokesman said the post was last replaced on September 30 after it was damaged by a “turning heavy vehicle”.
It was the sixth accident at the lights in the past two years, the spokesman said.
After the latest incident, the pole was repaired and moved further back from the kerb.
But replacing it is not good enough, residents say.
Ms Bodt’s daughter, Chloe McKeown, said she feared the intersection.
“Sometimes ... I think the light’s going to change but it doesn’t and then I’m worried the trucks will turn and I will get hit,” Chloe, 14, said.
Neighbour Virginia Dixon said she had seen trucks and cars end up in front yards following accidents at the intersection.
The RMS spokesman said: “If the pole continues to be hit, minor changes to the intersection design may be required.”
Chloe McKeown, 14, at the lights which have been knocked down six times in two years and (below) a driver negotiates the infamous corner. Picture: Justin Sanson