Confusing stop signs are only temporary
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.
The intersection of Flinders Lane and Kent Street in Rockingham has changed, leaving residents temporarily puzzled.