BALCATTA MLA Chris Hatton has criticised the City of Stirling’s failure to fund upgrades to a dangerous Balcatta intersection.
Mr Hatton said the Boya Way and Erindale Road intersection required immediate attention and upgrades for which he had secured a 50 per cent contribution from the State Government worth $750,000.
“I continue to receive hundreds and hundreds of complaints about this intersection. After meeting with the City’s engineers and officers on-site and the commitment from the State Government to co-fund, I cannot understand why the City has not progressed this matter,” he said.
“I remain very disappointed that the City will not agree to do any upgrades, especially considering that this intersection is a local road and falls under the responsibility of the City; the state is under no obligation to assist.”
Stirling engineering design manager Paul Giamov said the City had received no complaints from residents in 2016 apart from Mr Hatton’s correspondence.
A 500-signature petition to upgrade the intersection from Balcatta residents was tabled to council late 2015.
But according to Mr Giamov, the intersection’s crash rate did not warrant an upgrade.
“When this intersection was first investigated a number of years ago, crash statistics indicated a crash frequency of 32 crashes in five years (2007-2011), including seven serious injury crashes,” he said.
“The most recent crash statistics available indicate a crash frequency of 23 crashes in five years (2011-2015), including four serious injury crashes; this data shows that the crash rate at this intersection has been progressively declining over the last decade.
“As such, the City maintains that it cannot justify the allocation of council funds towards this project; this information has been conveyed to Mr Hatton on numerous occasions.”
Mr Giamov said the City had never received any formal offer of funding from the Transport Minister’s office after meetings in July last year for a dual roundabout for the area.
“No formal correspondence or offer of funding has been made by the minister’s office since and, as such, the project remains on hold,” he said.
“The City would urge Mr Hatton, Main Roads or the minister to consider funding higher priority blackspot intersections in the Balcatta electorate such as Scarborough Beach Road and Main Street, or Karrinyup Road and Main Street and Hutton Street.
n Main Roads told the Stirling Times in 2015 that Erindale Road and Boya Way were under the control of the City of Stirling.