MIDLAND MLA Michelle Roberts has welcomed the findings of an independent safety audit that recommends three openings be installed in a median strip on Farrall Road to make it easier and safer for residents to get into their driveways.
Peet, the developer of Movida Estate, upgraded Farrall Road in late 2016 to accommodate its new estate and their original plans included building a central median strip in front of existing houses, and a business, with a number of breaks to allow easy access.
But the City of Swan asked the developer to change the design into a central island in front of the existing houses and Mrs Roberts said that design had fewer breaks and blocked businesses from their driveways.
She said the revision created ongoing traffic issues and a dangerous situation for residents directly impacted by the upgrade.
“The change means users of the garden centre use U-turn points in the island to access their properties,” she said.
Mrs Roberts contacted the City about the revised design after a number of near misses when drivers had been trying to negotiate the U-turn around the island.
“It would appear to me the obvious solution to this problem would be to have started the island further to the north, which would have allowed the residents and business full access to Farrall Road,” she said.
The City conducted a safety audit of the upgraded configuration and found a design change was needed.
Mrs Roberts said the audit showed installing three median openings for the properties was the most practical and cost effective solution to reduce the number of U-turns at the two existing openings.
The median opening works are expected to be completed as part of the City of Swan’s 2018-19 capital works program, which will be considered by council in June.