New lanes give congestion the slip

Southern River MLA Peter Abetz and Gosnells Mayor Dave Griffiths at the recently completed roundabout. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d400245
Southern River MLA Peter Abetz and Gosnells Mayor Dave Griffiths at the recently completed roundabout. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d400245

New slip lanes at the Nicholson Road/Yale Road/Garden Street roundabout are now open, diverting traffic congestion out of the roundabout.

Today’s report is the 12th Community Newspaper Group has run on the intersection since late 2010.

The history of the intersection includes a community survey, delayed Main Roads WA report, negotiations between the cities of Gosnells and Canning, a Black Spot funding application, 100-strong community meeting, and a visit from State Opposition Leader Mark McGowan.

At one stage, traffic-metering signals such as those used on Australia’s east coast were considered.

The RAC also weighed in, labelling the spot one of WA’s top 10 Risky Roads.

Both Southern River MLA Peter Abetz and Gosnells MLA Chris Tallentire have repeatedly contacted the papers about the issue.

The City of Gosnells secured a $1 million State Government grant for the works last year, and when City Mayor Dave Griffiths and Mr Abetz visited the site last week, both said they were happy with the changes.

‘One resident emailed me to say that she now saves 40 minutes in travel time every day,’ Mr Abetz said.