Wanneroo councillors approve modifications to Koondoola roundabout upgrade

Corner Koondoola Avenue and Hollingsworth Avenue. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Corner Koondoola Avenue and Hollingsworth Avenue. Picture: Martin Kennealey

WANNEROO councillors have voted to modify upgrades planned for a Koondoola roundabout, after the site was highlighted as having safety issues in 2009.

Following an independent road safety audit for the Koondoola and Hollingsworth avenues intersection, council resolved in 2009 to create a project to upgrade the roundabout, including pre-deflection (curved entry to the roundabout to slow traffic) to the east and west, and would apply for State Government Black Spot funding in 2010-11.

The report said the City sought funding in 2010-11 and subsequent years but as these were unsuccessful, listed the works in its 2016-17 capital works program.

But a detailed design review found the recommended pre-deflections were not practical because access needed to be maintained to adjoining homes, the shopping centre and tavern.

“In this instance, long sections of the median and verge kerbs need to remain flush to allow access to adjacent properties potentially compromising the effectiveness of the pre-deflection treatment and having minimal reduction in approach speed,” it said.

The City’s traffic assessment of the site scored it 80, which is above the required 60 to qualify for traffic management treatments.

Councillors at the May 9 meeting supported the recommendation, which will see the City develop several alternative options for the roundabout and make these available for community consultation.

There had been $120,000 allocated for the original project but it was revised to $30,000 to be listed in the 2017-18 budget for design, documentation and a construction cost estimate, with installation proposed for 2018-19.

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