Intersection safety boosted

The notorious Ennis Avenue and Willmott Drive accident black spot.
The notorious Ennis Avenue and Willmott Drive accident black spot.

In November last year, Main Roads decreased the speed limit from 100km/h to 80km/h after pressure from the City of Rockingham and road users over the safety of the junction, which was the scene of a double fatality and several serious crashes in recent years.

It is a backflip on previous comments by Main Roads in the Courier in October last year, when a spokeswoman said the authority had rejected a request by the City for the installations of traffic signals.

A Main Roads spokeswoman told the Courier this week that it was developing further modifications to the intersection, including traffic lights.

‘A project has been developed and will be delivered in the 2014/15 financial year,’ she said.

‘This will involve the installation of traffic signals and a number of other safety improvements at this intersection.’

Currently, the intersection features stop signs and slip lanes for vehicles.

The spokeswoman said there was as yet no crash data available for 2013 in order to measure the effectiveness of the speed reduction.

‘There was one complaint about the speed reduction from a road user and another road user provided positive feedback but still expressed safety concerns due to driver non-compliance to the speed reduction,’ she said.

The Courier was part of a campaign and petition led by nearby residents and the City to reduce the speed limit on the busy stretch of road last year.

The 80km/h zone was put in place between Elanora Drive to the north to about 250m south of the intersection on Ennis Avenue in November.

It came just weeks after Main Roads said it would not reduce the 100km/h zone at the junction in August last year because research had shown drivers often ignore arbitrary speed limits.

More than 66 crashes were recorded at the intersection in the five years to 2012.