Carramar: solution on Cheriton and Joondalup drives intersection safety delayed again

Carramar: solution on Cheriton and Joondalup drives intersection safety delayed again

A SOLUTION to safety concerns at a Carramar junction has again been delayed.

Wanneroo councillors agreed at their August meeting to await Main Roads WA’s traffic modelling at Cheriton and Joondalup drives before supporting a roundabout at the site.

Last May, council noted Main Roads did not want traffic lights at the junction and it would continue to monitor the area.

A City of Wanneroo report presented at last month’s meeting said after consultation between the two a roundabout was considered “the most feasible option”.

It recommended an elliptical shaped roundabout, which is expected to cost $1.27 million but had a low benefit cost ratio so would not qualify for external funding.

The report said traffic at the site would be affected by upcoming projects including an overpass at the Wanneroo Road and Joondalup Drive intersection, widening of Wanneroo Road north of Joondalup Drive and the Pinjar Road extension to Flynn Drive.

Main Roads is undertaking traffic modelling as part of the overpass project, which could result in changes to the junction.

If modifications do not occur the report recommended presenting the traffic analysis to council in February.

Council also requested Main Roads host a community information session regarding impacts of the grade separation on local roads.

Councillor Samantha Fenn supported the recommendation but said she was opposed to the overpass.

“Not only is it going to impact Cheriton Drive, it’s going to significantly impact Carramar and Tapping residents,” she said.

“It will change traffic flow and increase traffic.”

Cr Frank Cvitan believed it was the right decision and though council would have to await Main Roads’ actions was mindful of safety concerns at the junction.

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