Traf­fic changes con­cern

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION - Tim Slater

BEL­MONT Mayor Phil Marks has re­ceived emails from con­cerned res­i­dents fol­low­ing the clo­sure of Se­cond Street in Redcliffe for con­struc­tion works.

Cr Marks said the emails had de­tailed prob­lems with the Boul­der Av­enue and First Street in­ter­sec­tions on Brear­ley Av­enue after Se­cond Street was closed.

Res­i­dents have also raised con­cerns about the Boul­der Av­enue and First Street in­ter­sec­tion, and traf­fic on Kanowna Av­enue near schools.

The City’s tech­ni­cal ser­vices di­rec­tor Ric Lutey said it was aware of the in­quiries.

He said the con­struc­tion con­trac­tor and the Pub­lic Trans­port Au­thor­ity were mon­i­tor­ing traf­fic through a traf­fic safety provider and an in­de­pen­dent au­di­tor.

“The City is also mind­ful that there will be fur­ther traf­fic changes when Brear­ley Av­enue is closed south of First Street,” Mr Lutey said at the coun­cil’s June 28 meet­ing. “Safety is­sues and con­cerns will change once this clo­sure oc­curs and will be dealt with as and when they arise.”

He said the City was look­ing care­fully at plans to con­trol traf­fic on res­i­den­tial streets.

“For the time be­ing, de­tours need to be in place so that in­fra­struc­ture can be de­vel­oped,” he said.

“The de­tour routes and pro­vi­sions are also be­ing re­viewed, with an additional give way sign be­ing at the Boul­der Av­enue and Se­cond Street in­ter­sec­tion.”

He said it was in­evitable that there would be more traf­fic in the area while the de­tours were in place.

“The City is work­ing with the PTA and the con­trac­tors to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion to en­sure the best pos­si­ble so­lu­tion,” he said.

Res­i­dent Richard Foster CALL TO BOOK 9355 5090 said lo­cals were an­gry about traf­fic con­di­tions.

“We have been telling au­thor­i­ties for the last five to six years that the First Street/Brear­ley Av­enue in­ter­sec­tion is dan­ger­ous,” Mr Foster said.

“Now we are stuck with this in­ter­sec­tion un­til the train sta­tion is com­pleted, which will con­tinue to be used by traf­fic to and from the air­port.”

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