Dianella resident calls for safer crosswalk


Dianella resident Leanne McShane on Yirrigan Drive where she wants to see a formal pedestrian crossing.Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au   d475592
Dianella resident Leanne McShane on Yirrigan Drive where she wants to see a formal pedestrian crossing.Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d475592

A DIANELLA woman says more needs to be done for pedestrian safety following the death of a man on Yirrigan Drive in July.

Leanne McShane no longer feels comfortable crossing the road near Coralberry Crescent, where the 91-year-old man was killed after colliding with a 4WD on July 2.

She is calling for a formal pedestrian crossing at the site to allow people to safely access The Square Mirrabooka.

Ms McShane’s parents live nearby and she crosses the road daily but purposely avoids the area where the crash occurred.

“I saw the aftermath of the accident and I thought for a moment it was my dad,” she said. “I worry about my dad using it.”

City of Stirling engineering design manager Paul Giamov said there were three reported crashes between 2011 and 2016 at the Yirrigan and Coralberry intersection and none involved pedestrians.

“The crossing at this location is not considered inherently dangerous, as it requires a two-staged crossing movement, taking account of traffic from one direction at a time,” he said.

“There are many similar midblock pedestrian crossings on dual carriageway roads in the City with equal or greater traffic flows.”

Mr Giamov said that following an assessment by the City, it believed the crossing would not be approved by Main Roads.

“While the number of vehicles travelling along this section of Yirrigan Drive would be sufficient to satisfy the minimum vehicular warrants, the number of pedestrians crossing this road would be unlikely to exceed the relatively high pedestrian warrants,” he said.

“For pedestrians that do not feel comfortable crossing the road at this location, there are two signalised intersections in close proximity, at Dianella Drive and at Sudbury Road, that may facilitate safer crossing.”

The City will review if further safety improvements can be made but Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson said she was disappointed with the response.

“I have taken the issue up with Main Roads WA and will seek a better outcome; I know locals take their lives into their hands trying to cross this road,” she said.

Ms McShane believed the alternative routes suggested were not feasible, particularly for older people, and would seek to create a petition for the crossing.

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