Crash data prompts City of Wanneroo to apply for Black Spot funding for six intersections

Highclere Boulevard and Hepburn  Avene in Marangaroo. Picture: Martin Kennealey d474883
Highclere Boulevard and Hepburn Avene in Marangaroo. Picture: Martin Kennealey d474883

REAR-end crashes made up most of the 102 crashes at a Wangara intersection, where the City of Wanneroo plans to upgrade traffic signals.

The City will seek funding for six projects to upgrade intersections in Girrawheen, Wangara, Madeley, Marangaroo, Banksia Grove and Clarkson through the 2019-20 Black Spot programs.

The Beach Road and Blackmore Avenue junction topped the list endorsed by the council last month and the City proposed to install a seagull island and increase the length of the right-turn slip lane.

A July council report said there had been 17 crashes at the junction in five years, with casualties resulting from seven of those – 10 were intersection crashes and the rest were rear-end crashes.

It said the project would cost about $125,000, with the City seeking a Federal grant to cover the full cost or State funding to cover two thirds of it.

The City will also apply for Federal or State funding to cover a $160,000 project to install overhead traffic signals at the Ocean Reef Road-Hartman Drive-Lenore Road intersection.

The report said there had been 102 crashes at the Wangara intersection in five years, including 91 rear-end crashes, and 12 had resulted in casualties.

The third project would involve widening a path on part of Wanneroo Road in Madeley, which would cost $260,000.

“Between Kingsway and Dalecross Avenue, the five-year crash data indicates a total of 19 crashes – three have resulted in casualties,” the report said.

“Of these crashes, two involve pedestrians playing, working or standing on the carriageway.”

A $1.2 million roundabout is proposed to improve safety at the Highclere Boulevard and Hepburn Avenue junction, where there have been 33 crashes, including 18 rear-end crashes.

The fifth project proposes changes to the Joondalup Drive-Tumbleweed Drive-Joseph Banks Boulevard intersection, where there have been 17 crashes in five years, 14 of which were rear-end collisions.

The $510,000 project would involve increasing the diameter of the central island and building pre-deflection on the Joondalup Drive approaches.

The City is also seeking funding for a $50,000 project to install a seagull island on Marmion Avenue at the Belleville Gardens junction, where there have been 17 crashes in five years, including three with casualties.