Drivers ‘roar’ through rat run

Beaufort Street: the road upgrade is on track for completion in July.
Beaufort Street: the road upgrade is on track for completion in July.

David Gebert said he was supportive of City of Stirling plans, outlined in a letter and on roadwork signage last year, to put a median strip at the intersection of Beaufort Street and First Avenue, blocking traffic turning right into the residential street from Beaufort Street.

‘There is no traffic management on First Avenue, so people roar down that road,’ he said.

‘It would stop people turning right and use the street as a thoroughfare to the Third Avenue Bridge.’

The City of Stirling has decided not to block this intersection.

City of Stirling infrastructure director Geoff Eves said initial plans for the intersection were for a right turn pocket, with a median open at this intersection and then revised to a median closed when the right turn pocket was removed and relocated to Third Avenue, following a 2009 council decision.

‘Following a query from a resident and a ward councillor, the plans were corrected to permit the median opening, following the discovery of an ambiguity in the interpretation of the council’s resolution to remove the right turn pocket,’ he said.

‘The changes were implemented to comply with the original intent of the council’s resolution to remove the pocket, but keep the median open, in consultation with the Public Transport Authority and took effect in January 2014.’

Mr Eves said work on Beaufort Street near First Avenue was almost complete, with the entire upgrade on track for completion by the end of July.