Neerabup Road extension sparks rat run concerns


Kylie Beecroft at the proposed intersection of Celebration Boulevard and Neerabup Road.
Picture: Marie Nirme         d452318
Kylie Beecroft at the proposed intersection of Celebration Boulevard and Neerabup Road. Picture: Marie Nirme         d452318

A CLARKSON resident says connecting Celebration Boulevard to the Neerabup Road extension will cause “rat-running” through her strata development.

Main Roads WA, which will build the connection as part of the current Mitchell Freeway extension works, says traffic volumes on Celebration Boulevard are “negligible”.

Resident Kylie Beecroft told the Times there had been no consultation about connecting the road, which runs past her 76-townhouse strata complex.

Miss Beecroft said residents were concerned it would increase the traffic moving through the strata-managed road as people accessed the Clarkson Station carpark.

“Celebration Boulevard currently is a dead end; we were not told at all that that road would open up,” she said.

Main Roads spokesman Dean Roberts said the plans to connect Celebration Drive to the Neerabup Road extension had been in place since 2010.

“General project consultation has been undertaken and a Community Reference Group (CRG) has been implemented to deal with local issues,” he said.

“This subject has not been brought up as a concern at the CRG meetings.”

Mr Roberts said it would be a T-junction with left-in and left-out access under give-way control, and there would be no other connections to that stretch of Neerabup Road.

“Celebration Boulevard traffic volumes are considered negligible and thus modelling at this location is deemed to be unnecessary,” he said.

“The access point from Celebration Boulevard to the roads within the adjacent strata development does not fall under project jurisdiction or scope.”

Miss Beecroft said it would have been better to connect Ladera Drive to Neerabup Road, as that would not lead to “rat running” through the strata complex.

“Ladera would be fine because then it’s not impacting on residents in the strata,” she said.

Mr Roberts said Main Roads had considered connecting Ladera Drive to Neerabup Road, but there were physical constraints.

“An intersection at this location will be too close to the Neerabup Road (and) freeway interchange,” he said.