MAIN Roads WA has agreed to monitor the busy traffic conditions at the Hamersley Avenue and Beechboro Road North intersection in Morley after a residents’ group protested for a safe exit to Beechboro Road.
About 30 people including Morley NorthLink Action Group members and Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly gathered on November 9.
The group wanted a ‘Keep Clear’ sign before the traffic lights on the Beechboro Road North and Morley Drive intersection, and a U-turn sign before Turon Street.
The proposed changes were the result of Abbey Street being closed permanently in July for the construction of the State Government’s $1.12 billion NorthLink WA project, which left one exit option for motorists.
The NorthLink WA project was launched to provide a vital, state-of-the-art transport link between Morley and Muchea.
Morley NorthLink Action Group member Ray Falleiro said the closure of Abbey Street caused problems for motorists, people living on Hamersley Avenue and school students.
“The main thing is, it is extremely unsafe to turn to get north on Beechboro Road on to Morley (Drive) and with the closure of Abbey Street, a lot of people use that as an alternative left turn to get down to Beechboro Road North or Tonkin Highway,” he said.
“I have to wait at least five to 10 minutes in the morning…there are no clear signs, you cannot go halfway across the median because that space is too narrow.”
Fellow member Dimitrios Harawambakis, who lives on Ivanhoe Street, said it was difficult to exit out of the junction during peak hour.
Bassendean MLA Dave Kelly said the NorthLink project needed to focus more on local issues.
“It is a good project but they do not take into consideration the local traffic because people living out here; how are they going to exit safely or enter the area safely? That is part of the problem,” he said.
“Hopefully it won’t take someone getting killed here in the morning for the Government to actually take action.”
Bayswater mayor Barry McKenna said the City met with Main Roads, who would look at the intersection in more detail.
Main Roads spokesman Dean Roberts said the action group’s proposed changes would not be considered.
“Main Roads and the City of Bayswater determined that the ‘Keep Clear’ is not warranted as observation shows that traffic queues in this area are allowing traffic to exit out of Hamersley Avenue,” he said.
“There are already a number of locations along Beechboro Road North where U-turns are permitted…installation of a further U-turn facility will require removal of mature trees which is not favoured by the City of Bayswater.”
Mr Roberts said Main Roads would continue to monitor the intersection and recent modifications to the Beechboro Road and Morley Drive intersection.
“This will include video surveillance of the intersection during peak periods…both organisations will come together again to review further when the performance of the junction is evaluated,” he said.