Black Spot fix

Black Spot fix

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Gosnells District Progress and Ratepayers Association representatives Terry Brown, Lyn Partington and Sandy Baraiolo. Photograph — Aaron Van Rongen.

A popular intersection in the heart of Gosnells will soon receive some much-needed traffic improvements much to the delight of the ratepayers’ association.

Gosnells District Progress and Ratepayers’ Association brought the issues at the Dorothy Street and Albany Highway intersection to the attention of Gosnells City Council at a meeting in May last year.

Then-president Sandy Baraiolo requested council consider writing to Main Roads about installing green arrows on traffic signals on Dorothy Street approaches, removing the diagonal pedestrian crossing and increasing the timing of the pedestrian phase as people would often get stuck in the middle of the road with prams and young children.

At a council meeting on July 10 this year councillors voted unanimously to endorse these changes and others within the city as part of the grant funding applications for the 2019/20 State and National Black Spot Programs.

According to the report the intersection had experienced 36 crashes between 2013 and 2017 and would cost about $80,000 to fix.

Association President Terry Brown said the group was pleased their concerns had been acknowledged and listened to by council.

“We felt that this matter was important as it affected so many people,” he said.

“We understand that this was not a council issue but we are thankful they listened to us.

“Now we just need to wait and see if they get the funding for implementation.”

The City also submitted the Anaconda Drive and Chamberlain Street intersection and the Maddington Road, Dellar Road to Eva Street section for consideration for state and national black spot funding.

The 2019/20 round of the state national black spot applications were due to be submitted to Main Roads WA by July 13.