Lo­cals at their limit

Canning Gazette - - NEWS - Carmelle Wilkin­son

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.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

Coun­cil­lors Pa­trick Hall and Ben Kunze on Vahland Av­enue. d495368

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