PLANS for another set of traffic signals on Leach Highway have been labelled “ridiculous” by Transport Workers Union state secretary Tim Dawson.
Main Roads WA has already kicked off work installing the lights at the intersection of Leach Highway and Norma Road.
A controlled right-turn for westbound motorists entering Norma Road is also being constructed as part of a project funded through the State Government’s Black Spot program.
Main Roads said the aim was to reduce the chance of right-angle crashes, but Mr Dawson disagreed this was the answer.
“I can’t believe they would want to put more lights in,” he said.
“There’s 13 sets already en-route to the port. It’s ridiculous.”
Mr Dawson said “they should be taking lights out, not putting them in”, arguing they could stop cars crossing over at this point altogether.
“It’s about time they started thinking about truck drivers and giving them a break,” he said.
This section of road is busy, with up to 5000 vehicles passing through every hour.
Main Roads spokesman Dean Roberts said he expected trucks would benefit.
“Main Roads expects that any concern by freight truck drivers with the additional traffic signals on Leach Highway will be offset by the improved access to the Myaree Industrial Area via Norma Road,” he said.
Mr Roberts said the project was important because there were numerous incidents involving cars turning into Norma Road.
“The traffic signals will hold eastbound traffic when activated, providing safe opportunities for westbound vehicles on Leach Highway to turn into Norma Road, and for vehicles in Norma Road to enter Leach Highway,” he said.
“This will reduce queuing on Leach Highway and Norma Road and the likelihood of rear-end crashes and right turn-through crashes.
“It will also allow pedestrians the opportunity to cross Leach Highway safely under signal control.”
With motorists on Norma Road currently only able to turn left on to Leach Highway, Mr Roberts said signals on the westbound lanes were needed for pedestrians only, “allowing them to safely cross Leach Highway when activated”.
Work is expected to be completed by May, with the majority of work to be completed between 6pm and 6am.
Intermittent single lane closures and speed reductions after hours are expected.