Call for in­ter­sec­tion fix

Res­i­dents in plea after set of traf­fic lights knocked down six times in two years

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Marissa Ge­or­gopou­los

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

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