Con­fus­ing stop signs are only tem­po­rary

Southern Telegraph - - News - Gareth McKnight

A re­cent change in right-of-way rules at a Rock­ing­ham in­ter­sec­tion has left mo­torists puz­zled — but the slightly bizarre sit­u­a­tion is only tem­po­rary.

The in­ter­sec­tion of Flin­ders Lane and Kent Street has four stop signs dis­played, one at each en­trance to the in­ter­sec­tion, as the con­fig­u­ra­tion is chang­ing.

Pre­vi­ously, mo­torists on Flin­ders Lane had the right of way, with driv­ers on Kent Street forced to give way.

But, this is chang­ing to favour mo­torists on Kent Street, and Main Roads WA has a pol­icy of plac­ing tem­po­rary stop signs at each in­ter­sec­tion as road users fa­mil­iarise them­selves with the change.

The Tele­graph took five min­utes out of a busy sched­ule last week to watch traf­fic at the in­ter­sec­tion — with con­fu­sion among mo­torists clear to see.

One res­i­dent said she had seen a crash at the in­ter­sec­tion last week.

City of Rock­ing­ham Mayor Barry Sam­mels said the same pol­icy was fol­lowed in Au­gust in Man­durah at the in­ter­sec­tion of For­rest and Gib­son streets.

“The changes cur­rently un­der way are the re­sult of a change in pri­or­ity for this in­ter­sec­tion — this is an es­sen­tial el­e­ment of the for­ward works as­so­ci­ated with the Rock­ing­ham Beach Fore­shore Revitalisation Project,” he said.

“Dur­ing the tran­si­tion pe­riod the ‘give right way to the right’ rule ap­plied.” Traf­fic man­age- ment was in place for eight hours dur­ing peak pe­ri­ods from April 1415.

Pic­ture: Richard Polden

The in­ter­sec­tion of Flin­ders Lane and Kent Street in Rock­ing­ham has changed, leav­ing res­i­dents tem­po­rar­ily puz­zled.

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