Kelmscott given the honour of having WA’s riskiest road by the RAC

Denny Avenue in Kelmscott.
Denny Avenue in Kelmscott.

KELMSCOTT claimed a dubious honour on Wednesday when a widely used road was named as the state’s riskiest by the RAC.

Denny Avenue was revealed as WA’s riskiest road, with drivers nominating it for its confusing layout, inadequate traffic lights, pedestrian issues and inadequate crossing or turning opportunities.

RAC general manager corporate affairs Will Golsby said the survey, across metropolitan and regional WA, received more than 6,000 nominations.

“There is over 187,000 kilometres of road in Western Australia and no one knows it better than the people who drive, ride, cycle or walk on it every day,” Mr Golsby said.

“Western Australia has an $845 million road maintenance backlog and also has one of the worst road fatality rates in the country.

“Last year, 194 Western Australians died on our roads, with many more seriously injured.”

Most of the risky roads were country roads, but Armadale Road from Cockburn to Armadale was also included in the top 10, coming in at number six.

There was a greater metropolitan presence in the top 10 riskiest intersections, with nine coming from the metro area.

Denny and Streich avenues in Kelmscott was number two, followed by Denny and Railway Avenues.

Edgewater Drive and Ocean Reef Road in Edgewater was number four, with Green Street and Scarborough Beach Road in Mount Hawthorn in fifth place.

A full list of WA’s riskiest intersections is below.

WA’s riskiest roads:

1. Denny Avenue, Kelmscott

2. Albany Highway, Albany to Bannister

3. Great Eastern Highway, The Lakes – Northam/Merredin to Southern Cross

4. Toodyay Road, Red Hill to Toodyay

5. Great Southern Highway, York to Cranbook

6. Armadale Road, Cockburn to Armadale

7. Indian Ocean Road, Lancelin to Dongara

8. Bussell Highway, Capel

9. Great Northern Highway, Muchea to Bindoon

10. South Coast Highway, Cheynes to Jerdacuttup

WA’s riskiest intersections:

1. Forrest Highway (Australind Bypass) and Hynes Road, Eaton

2. Denny Avenue and Streich Avenue, Kelmscott

3. Denny Avenue and Railway Avenue, Kelmscott

4. Edgewater Drive and Ocean Reef Road, Edgewater

5. Green Street and Scarborough Beach Road, Mount Hawthorn

6. Albany Highway and South Coast Highway, Orana

7. Garden Street and Nicholson Road and Yale Road, Canning Vale

8. Beaufort Street and Walcott Street, Mount Lawley

9. Nicholson Road and Thomas Road, Oakford

10a. Great Eastern Highway and Scott Street, Greenmount

10b. Abernethy Road and Hopkinson Road, Oakford