Black-spot revamp helps in Bibra Lake

Black-spot revamp helps in Bibra Lake
Black-spot revamp helps in Bibra Lake
Black-spot revamp helps in Bibra Lake
Black-spot revamp helps in Bibra Lake
Black-spot revamp helps in Bibra Lake

A REVAMP of the North Lake Road and Bibra Drive intersection in Bibra Lake has improved traffic flow and motorist safety, according to the City of Cockburn.

The spot was named Cockburn’s most dangerous intersection following a survey last year, and also finished seventh in WA.

More than 5000 nominations were put forward as part of the RAC’s Risky Roads Campaign, which offered the community a chance to voice concerns about roads.

In June a dual-lane roundabout was opened at the intersection, with the City saying it would improve safety by lowering speeds and provide gaps in the flow of traffic for right-hand turns.

Since its opening, engineering and works services director Charles Sullivan said things had gone well.

“The City is very pleased with the outcome for the travelling public and with the improved traffic flows and safety improvements,” he said.

“The traffic flows are much improved in the peak hours but it is too soon to make a determination on accident frequency.

“Since completion of the road works, the City has not received any reports of accidents.”

Cockburn’s second-worst spot, according to the survey, is the intersection at Spearwood Avenue and Yangebup Road in Yangebup.

Last year the City said it had plans to widen Spearwood Avenue between Barrington Street and Beeliar Drive to four lanes during the next two years, subject to funding.

Mr Sullivan said the City had submitted an application for funding, although no determination is expected until “well into 2016”.

The Cockburn Road and Russell Road meeting point in Henderson claimed position three.

While a concept plan has been drawn up for traffic lights, any progress depends on State Government funding, which is yet to come.

Traffic lights were suggested by motorists using the intersection on Armadale Road and Solomon Road near Cockburn Station, but are unlikely.

An extra lane was the suggested fix for Kwinana Freeway south between Roe Highway and Russell Road interchange, which was the fifth-worst spot in Cockburn.

The State and Federal Governments obliged, and widening between Armadale Road and Russell Road is set to be finished mid-2016.