Hester Avenue roundabout changes lead to crash, Quinns Rocks man says

The City of Wanneroo has changed traffic flow arrows at the Hester and Marmion avenue roundabout. d467175
The City of Wanneroo has changed traffic flow arrows at the Hester and Marmion avenue roundabout. d467175

QUINNS Rocks resident Graham Rudd says mixed messages about traffic directions resulted in another driver crashing into his van this week.

Mr Rudd, who runs a carpet cleaning business, was navigating the Hester Avenue and Marmion Avenue roundabout on Tuesday when the crash occurred.

“I was coming up Hester Avenue – I’m in the left lane,” he said.

“It tells me I can either go straight or three-quarters of the way around the roundabout.”

Mr Rudd said he was following new arrows painted on Hester Avenue, but a driver in the right lane was following previous directions.

Graham Rudd says his work van will need panel beating after the crash. Picture: Martin Kennealey d467175

“Half way around he decided to try and go straight (into Anchorage Drive) – he has pretty much T-boned me,” he said.

Mr Rudd said he was not injured in the crash, but was likely to have to take time off while his work van goes in for panel beating.

Readers raised concerns about conflicting signs and line-markings in Facebook comments on last week’s report about the changes.

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The City of Wanneroo’s acting assets director Grant Chettleburgh said Main Roads WA had advised it would finish pavement marking tonight, subject to suitable weather conditions.

“Main Roads have advised that the traffic directional signs will be replaced within the next two weeks,” he said.

“The City of Wanneroo installed an electronic variable message board (VMB) and ‘modified intersection ahead’ signs on the Hester Avenue approach on Monday.

“Once all the pavement markings are complete, an additional VMB will be deployed to assist motorists with their understanding of the modified layout.”

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Mr Chettleburgh said staff had asked Main Roads to remove the old green direction signs on Hester Avenue, which it advised it would organise as soon as possible.

Main Roads did not respond to questions about when the works would be completed before the Times’ deadline.

However, a spokeswoman said the Mitchell Freeway extension project to Hester Avenue remained “on schedule for completion mid-2017 with pavement and asphalting works now underway”.

The City of Wanneroo has put up an electronic message board and asked Main Roads WA to remove the old green direction sign. d467175