Black mark on road in Edgewater: WA’s most dangerous junction

Black mark on road in Edgewater: WA’s most dangerous junction

THE Edgewater Drive-Ocean Reef Road junction is one of the most dangerous in WA, according to an RAC survey.

The RAC recently released its 12-month Risky Roads campaign scorecard, with the junction in Edgewater ranking second for having inadequate crossing or turning opportunities.

RAC corporate affairs general manager Will Golsby said the scorecard looked at the progress made on the roads that the community nominated as WA’s riskiest intersections 12 months ago.

Mr Golsby said construction on the “dangerous” intersections was critical because the road fatality rate in WA was too high.

Main Roads spokesman Dean Roberts said there had been no fatalities at the junction between October, 2010, and December, 2014.

Mr Roberts said there were four crashes requiring hospitalisation at the junction in the same period and more recent data would not be available until 2016.

Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said the City had regularly contacted Main Roads about its support for traffic signals at the junction.

“MRWA do not support this proposal due to the close proximity of the Trappers Drive-Ocean Reef Road signals and the Joondalup Drive-Ocean Reef Road signals,” he said.

“A roundabout at this intersection would require the City to obtain State Black Spot funding.

“An assessment was undertaken to ascertain if this intersection qualified – the location does not comply with the minimum criteria.

“The number and type of crashes at this intersection are low in comparison to other locations in the City’s road network.”

Mr Pickard said the City recently obtained funding to upgrade the nearby Joondalup Drive-Ocean Reef Road junction and work would start this financial year.

“This will include a left turn signal from Joondalup Drive (turning east) on to Ocean Reef Road,” he said.

“This installation is expected to significantly improve vehicle access in and out of Edgewater Drive, particularly during peak periods.”

The City upgraded the left-turn lane on Edgewater Drive in about 2003 to enable right and left turns onto Ocean Reef Road.

A 2009 Black Spot project saw a traffic island seagull treatment built and in 2010-11 the City spent $117,000 modifying the median strip, pedestrian crossing places and both lanes on Edgewater Drive.

It spent another $71,000 in 2012 extending the right-turn lane on Ocean Reef Road to cater for queuing vehicles.