Call for cor­ner re­view

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

THE WA Road Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion (WARTA) and res­i­dents want a safe hair­pin cor­ner where a con­tainer truck rolled on Curtin Av­enue, North Fre­man­tle on July 21.

“We can take it up with Main Roads and get them to check the en­gi­neer­ing of that road,” WARTA freight man­ager Haydn Ham­pel said.

The truck driver (44) was trapped af­ter his two trail­ers with con­tain­ers flipped into on­com­ing traf­fic on the 90-de­gree cor­ner op­po­site North Fre­man­tle rail­way sta­tion.

WARTA lob­bied against the cor­ner, built dur­ing con­struc­tion of Leighton Beach apart­ments in 2006 and 2007, which now has a 20km/h ad­vi­sory speed.

Mr Ham­pel said while there had been “min­i­mal” in­ci­dents and no reg­u­lar com­plaints about the cor­ner, which could be ne­go­ti­ated safely by trucks at low speeds, WARTA still con­sid­ered the cor­ner in­ap­pro­pri­ate for a Fre­man­tle Port truck route.

The cor­ner is di­rectly op­po­site a pedes­trian en­trance to North Fre­man­tle Rail­way sta­tion but there are no pedes­trian or me­dian strip bar­ri­ers.

“Main Roads

and Transperth need to look at the whole area be­cause it’s a set of dog-legs to get to the beach, and any num­ber of peo­ple al­ready take a short-cut by cross­ing di­rectly at that cor­ner, where some­one will even­tu­ally be killed,” Fre­man­tle coun­cil­lor Doug Thompson said.

Main Roads WA fig­ures show Curtin Av­enue car­ries about 5 per cent of Fre­man­tle Port’s trucks and op­po­nents of the $1.6 bil­lion Perth Freight Link (PFL) cite the rollover as an ex­am­ple of dan­gers if more trucks use the coastal route through the western sub­urbs to avoid the PFL’s pro­posed toll.

Last week, Main Roads WA spokesman Dean Roberts said the cor­ner’s safety would be re­viewed for all road users, but po­lice would de­ter­mine the rolled truck’s speed.

“The le­gal speed limit of the road is 60km/h, but the cor­ner has an ad­vi­sory speed limit of 20km/h which is clearly sign­posted on the ap­proach,” Mr Roberts said.

Mr Roberts said $40 mil­lion al­lo­cated by the State Gov­ern­ment be­tween 2016-17 and 201819 was be­ing used for a de­sign from Wal­ter Place, North Fre­man­tle to Vic­to­ria Street, Mos­man Park.

The af­ter­math of a truck rollover on Curtin Av­enue.

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