TEMPORARY bollards installed along the western end of Berrigan Drive in South Lake will be replaced by “keep clear” road markings, but the City of Cockburn cannot rule out bringing them back in the future.
Sandbags and flexible bollards were installed there in January in an attempt by the City to halt the growing number of motor accidents at the site.
The bollards stopped cars coming from North Lake Road turning right into the Caltex Woolworths service station.
While helping to eliminate serious crashes, the measure led to motorists queuing on North Lake Road at a site regularly offering some of Perth’s cheapest fuel.
The bollards installed along Berrigan Drive also restricted motorists travelling west along Berrigan Drive from entering the medical centre opposite the station.
In a letter, Main Roads WA agreed to allow the City to install “keep clear” road markings on the condition the exit from the service station on to Berrigan Drive became a left-out only turn.
The council must also monitor the effectiveness of the change and consider closing the central median strip “in the longer term” if it does not improve the area.
On Thursday, City of Cockburn councillors voted in support of a recommendation from engineering and works director Charles Sullivan calling on the City to continue with the temporary traffic controls until the road markings were lined.
Mr Sullivan said that could take place within three weeks.
“The pavement marking and signage must be trialled first for an extended period,” he said.
“If it works, the median island can stay as is, which is the preference of all the local businesses.”
Woolworths did have concerns before the bollard trial, with a letter to the City expressing the company’s belief it would have a “significant and adverse affect on our business”.
A Woolworths spokesman said the company was working with the City and seeking town planning advice to secure a solution that was safe for customers and motorists while also protecting trade.
Noela Askew, a podiatrist at South Lake Podiatry for 20 years, helped collect more than 250 signatures in a bid to get the bollards removed.
She said her elderly customers found it difficult to get into the precinct after the road changes.
“The difficult entrance was quite prohibitive,” she said.