Landsdale residents call for upgrade to dangerous bend on Sandison Way

Residents Teresa Ursich, Ninella Cocks, South Ward Councillor Domenic Zappa and John Leone at the dangerous bend. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Residents Teresa Ursich, Ninella Cocks, South Ward Councillor Domenic Zappa and John Leone at the dangerous bend. Picture: Martin Kennealey

LANDSDALE residents are campaigning for changes to a “dangerous” section of road, despite the City of Wanneroo deeming it unnecessary.

Ninella Cocks said she and her neighbours had been requesting the City upgrade Sandison Way for several years.

She said the road bend, near the Raeburn Crescent junction, was dangerous as it was too narrow and drivers did not slow down enough to navigate it.

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“They’re going on the wrong side of the road and they’re going too fast,” she said.

“It’s not a very good designed bend and I think it’s dangerous.”

The City previously investigated the feasibility of installing a separation kerb in the road centre at the problem area but national design requirements meant the road would have to be widened and streetlights would need to be upgraded and installed.

Acting assets director Grant Chettleburgh said the project was considered unfeasible because the City’s traffic count suggested vehicles were travelling just under the 50km/h speed limit, there were no recorded crashes in the area within the last five years, it would cost about $70,000 and it did not qualify under the local area traffic management policy.

He said the streetlights were not supported by Mrs Cocks and her neighbour but according to her, they agreed with this and to have land removed from their verge for the widening.

City staff and Cr Domenic Zappa met concerned residents at the site in early February.

“While no traffic treatments are deemed necessary at this stage, an agreement was reached at the meeting for the City to undertake a traffic count review along Sandison Way when the Niche development, to the north of Sandison Way at the south-east corner of Ocean Reef Road/Gnangara Road intersection, has reached 90 per cent build-out and that no further works will be implemented in the meantime,” Mr Chettleburgh said.

A spokesperson for the development said this was expected to occur in six to nine months.

However, Mrs Cocks believed they were not given another option and wants the separation kerbing installed.

“You need a structure in the middle to get people to put their foot on the brake,” she said.

Cr Zappa has provided residents with signage encouraging drivers to slow down, which they have erected at the bend.

“As a community, we want to try to inform residents and everyone driving down there to stick to the road rules and not cut the corner,” he said.