New school cross­ing de­layed

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

A sig­nalised pedes­trian cross­ing sched­uled for the Dampier High­way school zone by the be­gin­ning of the school year has been de­layed un­til the next set of school hol­i­days.

The cur­rent wig­wag warn­ing lights at the Dampier High­way and Broad­hurst Road in­ter­sec­tion, ad­ja­cent to Kar­ratha Se­nior High School, have been a safety con­cern since they were in­stalled and there have long been calls for a safer way for pedes­tri­ans to cross the oth­er­wise 70km/h road.

Last Septem­ber Main Roads WA said they ex­pected to in­stall a sig­nalised pel­i­can cross­ing — which would be the first in re­gional WA — by De­cem­ber, in time for the be­gin­ning of the school year.

But as chil­dren went back to school last week, the wig­wag warn­ing lights were still in place and are set to stay there un­til the April school hol­i­days.

Main Roads me­dia man­ager Dean Roberts said the de­lay was to en­sure the cross­ing was prop­erly in­stalled and fit all the nec­es­sary re­quire­ments.

He said Main Roads recog­nised the wig­wag lights had been a safety is­sue on Dampier High­way and the new cross­ing would be an im­prove­ment.

“A wig­wag cross­ing is only ef­fec­tive at con­trol­ling or stop­ping ve­hi­cles when there is a cross­ing at­ten­dant present,” he said.

“A pel­i­can cross­ing is a for­mal con­trol de­vice so when a pedes­trian presses the but­ton the traf­fic will be stopped on a red sig­nal.”

“This op­tion is safer for all pedes­tri­ans while still en­sur­ing traf­fic flow when there are no pedes­tri­ans present.”

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