Locals at their limit
LOCALS want the speed limit on Vahland Avenue reduced to 60km/h after another fatality on the notorious stretch of road.
On August 17, a Rivervale man died when his car crashed into a tree near Tribute Street.
“How many more lives are we going to gamble with?” Riverton resident Samantha Weir asked.
“We had just moved to the area when there was a devastating crash that killed three teenagers.”
In 2008, three Year 12 students from Corpus Christi College lost their lives when the BMW they were travelling in left the road and ploughed into a tree, just after the High Road intersection.
“I see those three crosses every day and it’s just heartbreaking that nothing continues to be done about this road,” Ms Weir said.
Canning councillors Patrick Hall and Ben Kunze have joined the appeal to make Vahland Avenue safer.
“My years as a highway patrolman makes road safety an issue that I really do understand,’’ Cr Hall said.
“It seems absurd to me that the section of Vahland Avenue between Leach Highway and High Road – which is a narrow dual carriageway lined with homes, driveways, and adjoining streets – has the same 70km/h speed limit as Leach Highway, a threelane major arterial road.”
Cr Hall said speed needed to be reviewed, particularly near Orana Catholic Primary School and the intersection with Corinthian Road, where a childcare centre will soon be built.
“As a former WA Police officer, I have witnessed far too many road fatalities,” he said. “Speed often plays a part, and that is why it is so incredibly important for Main Roads and local government to work together to identify and reduce the risks on local roads.”
Cr Kunze said a traffic report in 2016 found 17,000 cars travelled along Vahland Avenue every day.
“This is an extraordinary amount of traffic for a road which intersects a quiet suburb like Riverton,’’ he said. “It is time to revisit the speed limit and give strong consideration to additional modifications to improve safety.”
Bec Wright, of Willetton, said it was “disgusting” Vahland Avenue remained 70km/h when nearby Willeri Drive and High and Collins roads were 60km/h.
“In its current state, its dangerous; there are a few tricky turns at the Riverton end approaching Leach Highway and you can easily lose control.”
Main Roads said Vahland Avenue was under the control of the Local Government Authority.
Canning Mayor Paul Ng said the City would continue to work with Main Roads and the community to increase road safety.
Councillors Patrick Hall and Ben Kunze on Vahland Avenue. d495368