Round­about ap­proach

PTA plans for Hester Av­enue

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HESTER Av­enue could get an­other round­about, with the Pub­lic Trans­port Au­thor­ity plan­ning to build one this fi­nan­cial year.

The plan for a round­about at the Bal­ti­more Pa­rade junc­tion is on the Wan­neroo Coun­cil meet­ing agenda this month.

Within a 2.5km stretch of Hester Av­enue there are al­ready three round­abouts – as well as a dog-bone pair of round­abouts at the Mitchell Free­way off and on ramps.

At last Tues­day’s brief­ing ses­sion, City as­sets direc­tor Har­min­der Singh said PTA had of­fered to build the round­about, which would en­able it to re­in­state bus route 483 on Bal­ti­more Pa­rade.

PTA de­vi­ated that bus route to Marmion Av­enue for safety rea­sons when the free­way ex­ten­sion opened last year.

RAAFA Cam­brai res­i­dents sub­mit­ted a 228sig­na­ture pe­ti­tion for traf­fic sig­nals last Au­gust and the coun­cil de­cided to ac­cept $2.4 mil­lion from Main Roads WA if it could use it for traf­fic sig­nals rather than a round­about.

In March, Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti sent the City a let­ter re­ject­ing the traf­fic sig­nals op­tion.

Ms Saf­fi­oti said since the free­way ex­ten­sion opened, ve­hi­cles leav­ing Bal­ti­more Pa­rade ex­pe­ri­enced av­er­age de­lays of 46 sec­onds in the morn­ing peak and 67 sec­onds in the af­ter­noon peak.

“Mod­el­ling shows that a round­about will re­duce the de­lay to an av­er­age of eight sec­onds,” she said.

“Traf­fic sig­nals will have de­lay times rang­ing be­tween 17 to 38 sec­onds on Hester Av­enue, with an av­er­age of 36 sec­onds at Bal­ti­more Pa­rade.

“A round­about may take longer to con­struct than traf­fic sig­nals. How­ever, both Main Roads and PTA con­cur that it rep­re­sents the most ef­fi­cient and safest treat­ment.”

Mr Singh said while a round­about of­fered slightly bet­ter level of ser­vice than sig­nals, the City’s main ob­jec­tion re­lated to the risk it would face dur­ing build­ing.

How­ever, he said PTA’s of­fer to de­liver the pro­ject elim­i­nated the risk to the City, hence the rec­om­men­da­tion that the coun­cil ac­cept the of­fer at its meet­ing tonight.

Mayor Tracey Roberts fore­shad­owed an amend­ment to in­clude pedes­trian and cy­clist cross­ing fa­cil­i­ties.

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