Call for corner review
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.
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.