Spotlight falls on busy intersections

Mandurah Road and Surf Drive, Secret Harbour.
Mandurah Road and Surf Drive, Secret Harbour.

The motion received councillor support at Tuesday night’s council meeting, having been tabled by Comet Bay ward councillor Justin Smith to find a solution to traffic issues at the Mandurah and Anstey roads intersection and a few hundred metres north at the Mandurah Road and Surf Drive intersection.

Both intersections are under the care of Main Roads WA.

A fatal accident at the Mandurah Road and Surf Drive intersection on March 27 has resulted in local community attention on the safety of the two busy intersections.

Cr Smith said both intersections had been the scene of a number of accidents and near-misses in recent years and that community concern dictated they be inspected before another fatally occurred.

‘There was an accident there just this weekend gone and that stretch of (Mandurah Road) is getting busier and busier,’ he said.

‘Main Roads needs to look at it before someone else is killed.

‘A lot of people use the intersections to make U-turns, and when they’re doing that and cars are coming at 100km/h, there’s bound to be incidents.’

Cr Smith said he did not think a reduction in the speed limit or traffic lights were the answer.

‘There’s a long gap between Secret Harbour and Port Kennedy where there aren’t any houses, so I don’t think we need the congestion of traffic lights or to bring the speed limit down from 100km/h to 80,’ he said.

‘The answer is up to Main Roads and the City’s engineering department to come up with, but a slipway and some signage for making or prohibiting U-turns makes sense.’

In the years between 2009 and 2013, there were 47 reported incidents at Mandurah and Anstey roads intersection, with four at the Mandurah Road and Surf Drive intersection.

There are no figures for this year, but a motorcyclist was killed at the Mandurah Road and Surf Drive intersection in the early hours of March 27.