IT is no surprise to Swan Valley residents that the notorious intersection at Campersic and Haddrill Roads in Baskerville has this week earned the title of Perth’s third most riskiest intersection.
Locals living in the area have been fighting for upgrades to the intersection for years and this week put forward a petition to the City of Swan via Councillor Rod Henderson who, together with fellow councillor Charlie Zannino, is pushing for improvements.
“It’s a shocking intersection,” Cr Henderson said.
“There are so many minor accidents and near misses.”
Cr Henderson put forward a suggestion of paint strips, similar to rumble strips, to be put down on the roads leading up to the intersection in a desperate attempt to do something to alleviate the danger after the Department of Main Roads said no to a stop sign.
But that idea was also quashed.
Cr Henderson said the issue will be coming before councillors next month as staff are currently working on some options.
“They will be presenting some information on it at the next meeting,” Cr Henderson said.
“Ideally staff would like to see a roundabout there but it would cost a million plus so getting that would be a tough task.”
Instead, Cr Henderson said they are asking for “much safer signage” and an island “to effectively narrow the road so that people slow down”.
“There is funding, we’re told, so I think things will happen quickly,” he said.
“This has been going on for forever.
“Improvements here are long overdue.”
The intersection was named on the RAC’s Risky Roads Survey where locals nominate busy streets, highways and intersections in desperate need of safety upgrades across Perth.
“I wasn’t at all surprised that it was named one of Perth’s worst intersections,” Cr Henderson said.
“And it’s vindication of what we have been saying for years.”
The petition handed to councillors at Wednesday’s council meeting garnered around 580 signatures.
By Rebecca Peppiatt