Traffic calming urged at intersection
DISCREPANCY IN LATHLAIN ACCIDENT COUNT
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.