Real problem lies in avenue’s design
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.