Real prob­lem lies in av­enue’s de­sign

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - Dave Tier­ney, City Beach.

THE easy way to fix the con­ges­tion prob­lem in Curtin Av­enue is to re­design it and turn it into a four-lane road.

The present de­sign forces cars and trucks into a sin­gle lane at the sig­nalised in­ter­sec­tions thereby slow­ing all traf­fic.

The same level of con­ges­tion does not oc­cur along West Coast High­way in City Beach be­cause it is a dual car­riage­way with prop­erly de­signed in­ter­sec­tions al­low­ing traf­fic to flow freely.

In fact, given that vir­tu­ally the same num­bers of trucks use West Coast High­way as Curtin Av­enue with­out caus­ing a prob­lem, why is there re­sis­tance to up­grad­ing Curtin Av­enue?

Con­cern­ing the Perth Freight Link, I am at a loss to see why it is feared that its con­struc­tion would lead to more trucks us­ing Curtin Av­enue.

Af­ter all, all trucks head­ing from the wharf to the north­ern sub­urbs now use Curtin Av­enue, and when you look an­a­lyt­i­cally at the num­ber, it is not high enough for con­cern.

It is the de­sign of Curtin Av­enue that is the prob­lem.

Fix that and con­ges­tion will di­min­ish and it will be safer for pedes­tri­ans to cross the road to ac­cess the schools and train sta­tions.

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