WA’s riskiest intersection outside school to be upgraded

L-R: Bennett House Captain Aleeya Bartier (11), Head Girl Belinda Charman (17), Adrian Scott (Principal, Swan Christian College), Kennedy House Captain Levi Whittington (11), Head Boy Ethan Maddocks (17), Peter Jacobs (Delivery Manager for Roads, Main Roads Metropolitan Region), Hon Rita Saffioti MLA (Minister for Transport and Planning) and Peter Sewell (Director Metropolitan Operations, Main Roads Metropolitan Region).  Photo: David Baylis
L-R: Bennett House Captain Aleeya Bartier (11), Head Girl Belinda Charman (17), Adrian Scott (Principal, Swan Christian College), Kennedy House Captain Levi Whittington (11), Head Boy Ethan Maddocks (17), Peter Jacobs (Delivery Manager for Roads, Main Roads Metropolitan Region), Hon Rita Saffioti MLA (Minister for Transport and Planning) and Peter Sewell (Director Metropolitan Operations, Main Roads Metropolitan Region). Photo: David Baylis

THE intersection of Great Northern Highway and Swan Christian College access roads – voted WA’s worst in the latest RAC Risky Roads survey – will soon be upgraded.

The modifications will reduce congestion and the risk of car accidents, particularly during the busy school morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up at the school in Middle Swan.

Main Roads analysis shows a one-way in, one-way out system will improve traffic flow and safety for more than 1500 students and their families attending the College.

Students will also have improved pedestrian facilities at the two College access points across the highway.

This section of Great Northern Highway is used by 23,000 vehicles per day, of which 23.5 per cent are heavy vehicles.

In the past five years, there have been 11 crashes on the small section of Great Northern Highway near the college.

A funding boost of $250,000 has been allocated towards the project which will start after winter 2019 once final designs have been confirmed and agreed to by the College.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the dangerous intersection had been a long-standing issue for staff and students at the college.

“The modifications planned for the college’s entry and exit points will provide better access on both sides of busy Great Northern Highway,” she said.

“The main southern access road will be widened to allow for two vehicles to enter and one to exit, while the northern access, an exit only road, will be widened slightly with improved line marking and signage.”

Other intersections voted in the top 10 most dangerous intersections include Clayton Street/ Military Road in Bellevue, Rutland Road/ Great Northern Highway in Bullsbrook and Great Eastern Highway/ Scott Street in Greenmount.