Rat run to be closed

Cockburn Gazette - - STREET WATCH -

IM­LAH Court in Jan­dakot is set to be closed at the in­ter­sec­tion of The Lakes Boule­vard in a move by the City of Cock­burn to stop mo­torists us­ing it as a by­pass be­tween Ber­ri­gan Drive and the Jan­dakot in­dus­trial area.

In a re­port to City coun­cil­lors on May 11, an of­fi­cer said com­plaints about traf­fic us­ing The Lakes and Im­lah Court rather than lo­cal dis­trib­u­tor Prin­sep Road had fil­tered in con­sis­tently for years.

The City tried to de­ter non­lo­cal mo­torists from us­ing the roads by in­stalling an “oval slow point” on Im­lah and a raised plateau at the north­ern end of The Lakes in mid-2011, with lit­tle suc­cess.

On­go­ing mon­i­tor­ing by the coun­cil has con­firmed traf­fic vol­umes on the two roads con­tinue to grow sig­nif­i­cantly.

Of the more than 2600 ve­hi­cle move­ments along The Lakes on an av­er­age week­day, just 29 per cent of those were gen­er­ated by res­i­dents liv­ing on the street.

Nine per cent of all move­ments were heavy ve­hi­cles.

“This re­port pro­poses the clo­sure of one end of Im­lah Court to pre­vent through traf­fic and ad­dress this traf­fic is­sue per­ma­nently,” the of­fi­cer’s re­port said.

Coun­cil­lors ap­proved the pro­posal 7-1.

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