Crash fears worsen for Balcatta intersection

Concerned residents Lou Decinque, Marcia Monger and Pat Easten with |Balcatta MLA Chris Hatton. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au   d444067
Concerned residents Lou Decinque, Marcia Monger and Pat Easten with |Balcatta MLA Chris Hatton. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d444067

A GROUP of Balcatta residents says it is only a matter of time before a serious accident occurs at an intersection near their homes.

City of Stirling councillor Andrew Guilfoyle tabled a petition with 338 verified signatures at a recent City of Stirling council meeting.

The residents urged the City to undertake a review of the intersection of Boya Way and Erindale Road with a view to install appropriate traffic management, such as a roundabout.

The petition claims the intersection is dangerous, with poor visibility for drivers.

Resident Marcia Monger said the “extremely dangerous” intersection affected everyone in the surrounding areas.

“There are lots of near-misses, eventually something terrible is going to happen,” Ms Monger said.

“People come to turn into Boya Way and then you can’t see what’s coming down Erindale; you block each other’s vision off.”

Ms Monger said Boya Way was the only way out of the area to go north.

Stirling engineering design manager Paul Giamov said safety was not raised as an issue in a previous review of the intersection.

“There have been 22 reported crashes on record at the intersection in the last five years, but the number of crashes has been reducing over the past few years,” Mr Giamov said.

“The types of crashes at this intersection do not suggest a major problem with visibility.

“The majority appear to be the result of drivers trying to get across two streams of traffic with insufficient gaps.”

While the City has acknowledged the difficulties of the location, Mr Giamov said the situation was common on roads that carried large volumes of traffic, such as Erindale Road.

“To put this into perspective, this intersection ranks 144th in terms of crash frequency among all intersections in the City of Stirling, and 47th when considering un-signalled intersections only.”

Mr Giamov said the intersection was ineligible for the State Government’s Black Spot funding because the cost of construction would exceed the potential benefits.

The other option investigated by the City was to install a dual-lane roundabout, as requested by the petition, however Mr Giamov said the cost and land usage would be “significant”.

The City has also ruled out traffic signals given the close proximity of existing traffic signals.

“This location would not satisfy all of the required criteria and Main Roads WA would not approve an additional set of traffic signals at the Boya Way intersection,” Mr Giamov said.

A Main Roads spokeswoman said both Erindale Road and Boya Way were under the control of the City of Stirling.

Balcatta MLA Chris Hatton said the intersection was used by thousands of motorists daily, and he requested the council meet residents on site.