Council driving safety push for busy road

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THE City of Cockburn will solicit Main Roads WA’s help to tackle a notoriously hazardous intersection of one of the region’s busiest roads.

Council will ask Main Roads to install a ‘Keep Clear’ zone at the North Lake Road and Waverley Road intersection in Coolbellup.

They also committed to installing a second right-turn lane from North Lake Road to Farrington Road, pending State Government approval.

Main Roads’ WA traffic data indicates the road carries an average of 33,440 vehicles per day, 8.1 per cent of which were heavy vehicles.

In the five-year period to 2018, there were 21 crashes at the intersection, 15 of which involved a vehicle using the right-turn lane.

A council report indicated the majority of the crashes were caused by the T-intersection being obstructed by queuing from vehicles on North Lake Road wanting to turn right into nearby Farrington Road.

In 2015, the City requested a ‘Keep Clear’ zone at the intersection, which Main Roads refused as it did not meet the criteria at the time.

The City had also submitted a black spot funding application for the intersection in the 2019-20 Black Spot Program for the installation of a second right turn lane at North Lake Road and Farrington Road intersection.

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