Byford resident: Abernethy Road intersection accident waiting to happen

Nicole Gleeson, Danzig Rowcroft (3), Jackson Priest (3) and Devon Dudley (3) with concerned local residents. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au   d443450
Nicole Gleeson, Danzig Rowcroft (3), Jackson Priest (3) and Devon Dudley (3) with concerned local residents. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d443450

BYFORD resident Nicole Gleeson says unfinished roads in Byford are an accident waiting to happen.

Ms Gleeson said the Tourmaline Boulevard, Kardan Boulevard and Abernethy Road intersection was causing traffic havoc, especially in the morning when parents were taking children to school.

“The intersection is designed for a roundabout but they (the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale) haven’t built a roundabout,” she said.

“There is also a temporary footpath going down Abernethy Road, about 20m from the intersection, which children need to walk down and cross to get to school.

“The council say they’ve run out of funding to upgrade it but it’s really dangerous.”

Ms Gleeson said high volumes of traffic came out of two new estates on opposite sides of Abernathy Road via Kardan Boulevard and Tourmaline Boulevard.

If cars needed to turn into either of the estates while travelling down Abernethy Road, they had to contest with heavy traffic from both directions.

And if traffic needed to get on to Abernethy Road from the estates, both Kardan Boulevard and Tourmaline Boulevard would get backed up.

Ms Gleeson said the situation had become worse in the past six months with Byford’s increasing population.

“We’ve had a population explosion,” she said. “There are families moving in each week and there are more cars on the road but the infrastructure isn’t keeping up with it.”

Ms Gleeson wants a roundabout built in place of the intersection and a crossing supervisor to help students across Abernethy Road.

Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale chief executive Richard Gorbunow said the intersection was designed for a roundabout and one would be constructed but could give no indication of when, as it was subject to the availability of developer contribution funds.

Mr Gorbunow said stage one of the Abernethy Road upgrade between Soldiers Road and Warrington Road, including the upgrade of the footpath, would start in the next six months.

He pointed out that applications for a crossing supervisor needed to be made to WA Police at www.police.wa.gov.au/|Traffic/Childrenscrossings/tabid/1524/Default.aspx.