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North Coast Times - - FRONT PAGE -

TRAF­FIC on Connolly Drive in Clark­son has more than halved since the Mitchell Free­way ex­ten­sion opened.

A re­port on tonight’s coun­cil meet­ing agenda said the traf­fic vol­ume be­tween Neer­abup Road and Hester Av­enue had dropped from 17,400 ve­hi­cles per day in a 2016 count to 8200 in Septem­ber’s count.

The counts also showed that speeds had in­creased fol­low­ing the free­way ex­ten­sion open­ing, up to 70km/h from 62km/h in 2016.

The re­port rec­om­mends the coun­cil en­dorse a speed limit in­crease from 60km/h to 70km/h be­tween Neer­abup Road and Lukin Drive.

“Traf­fic count data shows that mo­torists con­sider the re­cently im­proved road en­vi­ron­ment to be suit­able for ve­hi­cle speeds of 70km/h,” it said.

“The is­sue of pedes­trian safety has been con­sid­ered, par­tic­u­larly in re­la­tion to school cross­ings.

“The change of speed limit is not ex­pected to neg­a­tively im­pact on safety in these ar­eas due to ex­ist­ing 40km/h school zones dur­ing school drop off and pick up times.

“Ad­di­tion­ally, the num­ber of ve­hi­cles us­ing this sec­tion of Connolly Drive has more than halved fol­low­ing the open­ing of the Mitchell Free­way ex­ten­sion.”

The re­port said Main Roads WA was re­spon­si­ble for in­stalling road signs and was ex­pected to im­ple­ment the change within four weeks of re­ceiv­ing no­ti­fi­ca­tion of the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion, if it en­dorses the change.

The traf­fic counts showed an in­crease from 19,900 ve­hi­cles per day on the sec­tion from Hester Av­enue to Lukin Drive in 2016 to 21,300 in Septem­ber.

It said the widen­ing of Connolly Drive had cre­ated a pedes­trian refuge in the me­dian strip, which im­proved safety for peo­ple cross­ing near Jenolan Way.

“Pedes­trian vol­umes on this sec­tion of Connolly Drive are not high enough for MRWA to con­sider the in­stal­la­tion of traf­fic sig­nals or a ze­bra cross­ing,” it said.

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