Rivergums intersection becoming ‘death trap’ says Baldivis MLA Whitby


Reece Whitby with traffic congestion behind him at Rivergums Boulevard and Baldivis Road intersection.
Reece Whitby with traffic congestion behind him at Rivergums Boulevard and Baldivis Road intersection.

BALDIVIS MLA Reece Whitby claims the intersection at Baldivis Road and Rivergums Boulevard is fast becoming a ‘death trap’.

Mr Whitby said more room was needed for turning traffic and lengthy waits to turn was causing impatience and creating more risky behaviour.

He received numerous complaints from residents during the State Election campaign.

“There is not enough room to accommodate the increased traffic flow from the high school, primary school and general growth of the area,” he said.

“It’s a nightmare every morning and afternoon at school drop-off and pick-up.

“You only have to watch this intersection for a few minutes to see multiple near-misses; I hold my breath waiting for a crash every time I watch this intersection.

“This intersection is a death trap and it needs to be fixed.”

He said he had met with the City of Rockingham to discuss the intersection and was told road works would start shortly.

“Major road works will begin this month along Baldivis Road between Safety Bay Road and Makybe Drive,” he said.

“This will turn Baldivis Road into a boulevard with a median strip, turning lanes and cycle lanes.

“The big bonus will be changes to allow motorists to turn right off Stillwater Drive rather than perform dangerous U-turns.

“Rivergums Boulevard will also be widened at the T-junction to allow more cars to turn left and right at the same time.”

However, Mr Whitby said he would fight for what he believed the intersection ultimately needed.

“These changes are welcome and should improve safety but I believe a roundabout will still be needed to cope with a growing population in Rivergums estate and growing students’ populations at Baldivis Secondary College and Rivergums Primary School.” he said.

“I will fight for a roundabout to be built here.”