Bad in­ter­sec­tion to be made safer

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

THE Town of Vic­to­ria Park has se­cured $775,000 fund­ing from Main Roads WA to im­ple­ment road safety im­prove­ments at the in­ter­sec­tion of Shep­per­ton Road and Gre­sham Street.

An ap­pli­ca­tion was made through the 2015-16 Black Spot Pro­gram as an assess­ment of ac­ci­dent data showed a high pro­por­tion of crashes at the in­ter­sec­tion. Dur­ing the assess­ment pe­riod from Jan­uary 1, 2009, to De­cem­ber 31, 2013, there were 28 crashes at the in­ter­sec­tion with six ca­su­al­ties.

Some of the ac­ci­dents were caused by poor vis­i­bil­ity on Shep­per­ton Road due to an ex­ist­ing crest near Miller Street.

Ac­ci­dent data shows this has led to traf­fic com­ing over the crest and hit­ting the back of ve­hi­cles wait­ing to turn into Gre­sham Street or ve­hi­cles pulling out of Gre­sham Street into the path of traf­fic com­ing over the crest.

The coun­cil has ap­pointed Dows­ing Con­crete to un­der­take road up­grade works with the main com­po­nents to in­clude a cen­tral road me­dian on Shep­per­ton Road to re­strict right turn move­ments from Gre­sham Street into Shep­per­ton Road.

On the ap­proach to Shep­per­ton Road from both sec­tions of Gre­sham Street, there will be a ‘left-in/left-out’ split­ter is­land in­stalled to pre­vent traf­fic turn­ing the wrong way onto Shep­per­ton Road.

The pro­posed site works will com­mence this month and are ex­pected to be com­pleted to­wards the end of De­cem­ber 2016.

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