Engineer calls for better lighting on Wanneroo Road

Retired engineer Graham Cook.d424168
Retired engineer Graham Cook.d424168

Ridgewood resident Graham Cook said he was driving along the unlit 90km/h stretch of Wanneroo Road about midnight one Friday when a car behind him overtook on a bend.

‘I’m driving along that dark section and it’s 90km/h; there’s a car right on my bumper,’ he said.

‘Bend, top of a hill, double white lines and he decides to pass me. I just dropped right back.

‘If we had had a car coming the other way, we would have had a problem.’

Mr Cook said he did not understand why there were well-lit dual carriageway sections with 70km/h limits south of Joondalup Drive and north of Hall Road, but a gap where Wanneroo Road was a single-lane road.

‘I would like to see this section upgraded,’ he said. ‘I can’t understand the logic that the money has been put into the next section and they have left this section.’

A Main Roads spokesman said dual carriageway works on the section north of Hall Road finished in 2001.

‘This section was made into a dual carriageway due to the number and severity of crashes at that time,’ he said. ‘Street lighting would have been included as part of the dual carriageway upgrade north of Hall Road.

‘Street lighting will be installed when the road south of Hall Road is upgraded to dual carriageway.’

The spokesman said Main Roads had completed the design and pre-construction planning but no funding had yet been allocated.

‘The planned extension of Mitchell Freeway from Burns Beach Road to Hester Avenue will see a significant transfer of traffic from this section of Wanneroo Road onto the freeway,’ he said.

Mr Cook said it was good to see money go towards the freeway extension and widening of Connolly Drive, but disappointing that Wanneroo Road had been left to last.

The City of Wanneroo is currently realigning the Flynn Drive junction with Wanneroo Road and installing traffic signals and street lighting.