Traf­fic calm­ing urged at in­ter­sec­tion

DIS­CREP­ANCY IN LATH­LAIN ACCIDENT COUNT

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Town Of Victoria Park - Michele Nu­gent

AN accident black spot iden­ti­fied by Lath­lain res­i­dents will be on a list of in­ter­sec­tions be­ing as­sessed by the Town of Vic­to­ria Park for a fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tion to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment.

Lo­cal busi­ness­man David Palermo said that ac­cord­ing to Main Roads statis­tics there had been seven re­cent crashes with two ca­su­al­ties at the junc­tion of God­dard Street and Streat­ley Road.

He said nearby res­i­dent Ni­cola Moyni­han told him she knew of six ac­ci­dents at the site this year and that the Town was aware of ac­ci­dents at the in­ter­sec­tion and had en­gaged a con­sul­tant to pro­vide traf­fic calm­ing solutions.

“Up to $60,000 has been al­lo­cated but lo­cal res­i­dents be­lieve traf­fic calm­ing is ur­gently needed and the $60,000 will not be enough for the in­stal­la­tion of a round­about,” Mr Palermo said.

Vic­to­ria Park act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive An­thony Vuleta said the Town had al­lo­cated $60,000 in this fi­nan­cial year’s bud­get to in­stall in­terim treat­ments for the in­ter­sec- tion but statis­tics showed only seven crash re­ports from 2009-2013.

He said it would cost $200,000 to $260,000 to in­stall a round­about, pro­vided ser­vice re­lo­ca­tion and ma­jor pave­ment re­con­struc­tion works were not nec­es­sary.

“The Town will add this lo­ca­tion as a nom­i­na­tion for the 2015/2016 State Black Spot Pro­gram,” Mr Vuleta said.

“This un­for­tu­nately does not guar­an­tee a suc­cess­ful sub­mis­sion, and ad­di­tional im­prove­ment funds would not be avail­able un­til July 2015 if the project is ap­proved.”

He said other lo­ca­tions be­ing con­sid­ered for the Black Spot pro­jects for the 2015/16 pro­gram were the Shep­per­ton Road/Gre­sham Street, Welsh­pool Road/Al­bany High­way and Roberts Road/Or­rong Road in­ter­sec­tions.

The Town has also re­ceived the first quar­terly pay­ment of a to­tal of $1.12 mil­lion it will re­ceive from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s $2.3 bil­lion Fi­nan­cial As­sis­tance Grant pro­gram for 2014-15.

Swan MHR Steve Irons said coun­cils were free to spend the un­tied grant fund­ing ac­cord­ing to lo­cal pri­or­i­ties.

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