Trucks prompt safer road layout
THE Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) redevelopment of McCracken Corner in Balaklava is now complete, with the final touches, which included tree removals, completed on Monday.
The total project cost was about $210,000.
It involved modifying the previous five-way intersection to form two separate intersections.
DPTI Northern and Western regional manager, Alan Morris, explained the redesign particularly addressed a traffic flow issue following requests from the trucking industry and the State government.
“The intent of the project is to improve road safety at this location by reducing the five-legged intersection to four, providing priority to traffic travelling west on the Port Wakefield to Auburn and providing additional lighting to improve night time delineation,” he said.
“The junction improvement was designed to formalise traffic flow and amend the give way priority from Edith terrace a local road, to the Port Wakefield to Auburn Road.
“This change has been requested by representatives of the trucking industry and via ministerial correspondence.”
Mr Morris said truck drivers raised safety concerns about the intersection.
“The main issue being that it was extremely difficult for a truck driver to sight vehicles on Edith terrace due to the acute angle of Edith terrace with the Port Wakefield to Auburn road,” he said. “Operators of larger commercial vehicles such as B-doubles crossed over the centreline of the Port Wakefield to Auburn in order to ‘square up’ their vehicles with Edith Terrace and thus be able to sight vehicles on Edith terrace.”
As with any major traffic alteration, there has been confusion and some misuse of the new intersection from drivers.
“DPTI is aware that some traffic use the (McCracken Ford) service station as a short cut,” Mr Morris said.
“However, this may now have been reduced with the installation of line marking to further assist in delineating the intersection.”
If further misuse continues, Mr Morris said more action would be taken. “The owner of the Ford dealership (Ray McCracken) has advised that bollards are installed after hours to prevent this manoeuvre,” he said.
“DPTI will review the location to determine if the installation of additional traffic control devices are warranted.”
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