Council to vote on upgrades to Wanneroo Road and Villanova Street junction

Wanneroo Road/Villanova Street intersection.
Wanneroo Road/Villanova Street intersection.

WANNEROO councillors have questioned the potential impact of a State Government commitment ahead of their decision on improvements to a Wanneroo Road intersection.

They will vote tomorrow night whether to change the design of upgrade works at the Wanneroo Road and Villanova Street intersection.

Council resolved in 2012 to install a splitter island in the left-turn lane from Wanneroo on to Villanova and lengthen the intersection median because of concerns traffic would increase from the partial road closure of Backshall Place.

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The City’s report said that intersection traffic analysis software determined the modification would have an “insignificant change” on the intersection and long-term crash statistics did not indicate they would be improved by the splitter island.

It proposed to complete the median lengthening but had requested Main Roads undertake the slip lane modification, splitter island construction and land acquisition. However, Main Roads said it could not fund it.

The report noted that despite design details of the State Government’s recent announcement to build an overpass at the Ocean Reef and Wanneroo roads intersection were unknown, it was likely some work at the Villanova intersection could be required.

At last week’s briefing session, Cr Dianne Guise asked whether the overpass construction could change Main Roads’ view.

Assets director Harminder Singh said he was unsure, as State Government plans showed a “general layout” but there was no firm timeframe or details.