Call to review ‘nightmare’ intersection

Jacquie Kelly and Bernie Smith, of Noranda, at the intersection of |Morley Drive and Camboon Road. Picture: David Baylis       d444714
Jacquie Kelly and Bernie Smith, of Noranda, at the intersection of |Morley Drive and Camboon Road. Picture: David Baylis       d444714

RIGHT-HAND arrows should be reviewed and illogical road infrastructure removed within the City of Bayswater, resident Jacquie Kelly says.

Ms Kelly said that for the past five years, the Wellington Road, Camboon Road and Morley Drive intersection had been a “nightmare” for morning commuters due to the modifications made by the city.

“The morning peak hour between 7am and 8.30am is a frustrating time for Morley and Noranda commuters due to the entry to the Camboon right-turn filter into Morley Drive being blocked by raised paving,” she said.

“For no rational reason this brickpaved kerbing was put in so that only five or six cars can fit in.

“Other cars are held up behind non-turning traffic, when the right arrow cycle allows time for 20 cars to turn.

“Its poor design means it can often take two, sometime three light changes to negotiate”.

Ms Kelly said there was a simple solution, using the example of Central Avenue and Beaufort Street in Inglewood, where a solution was found to a similar problem.

“Removing the unnecessary raised kerbing and rounding off the end, painting double white lines up along Camboon Road would solve it,” she said.

“So that the other side of Camboon Road has just the one lane, which is all it needs, and the roadway approaching Morley Drive to be designated as three lanes for as long as the road width allows”.

Then mayor Sylvan Albert said ensuring public safety and free-flowing traffic at any |location was of concern to the city.

“In this specific situation the City contacted Main Roads WA requesting extra priority be given in the signal cycle to clearing traffic on the Camboon Road leg,” he said.

In a response to resident Bernie Smith’s concerns about the intersection, the technical services director Doug Pearson said modification of the median island to extend the right-turn lane was not supported because the provision of the necessary 3m wide lane could not be provided.