Mt Hawthorn black spot intersection to be closed permanently

Mt Hawthorn black spot intersection to be closed permanently

A MT Hawthorn intersection will be closed after 15 reported crashes in four years.

Despite opposition from a resident against the decision at the June 28 council meeting, City of Vincent councillors voted to implement a permanent median closure for $30,000 at the intersection of Brady Street and Purslowe Street.

A six-month trial closure was held in September 2015 after a petition was tabled in response to a traffic accident at the black spot in June 2015.

Fifteen crashes were reported at the intersection between January 2011 and December 2015, of which 11 resulted in hospital admission or medical treatment.

A resident that attended the meeting said the trial closure merely shifted the problem to Tasman Street, one block down, and urged councillors against approving a permanent closure.

“Tasman Street traffic has increased,” he said.

“The $30,000 it will cost to close the intersection would be better spent on speed humps and hopefully discourage the rat runners.”

Mayor John Carey and councillor Emma Cole’s decision was swayed by ‘disturbing statistics’.

“Neighbours have been traumatised by the accidents; it is a significant black spot,” Cr Cole said.

Mr Carey said he could not ignore the statistics.

Cr Dan Lowden, who lives in the neighbourhood, supported the motion.

He agreed to meet the resident at the site to discuss the issue further.