Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Our View (19-4-2017): Wake-up call

YORKE Peninsula made it through Easter fatality free but sadly tragedy unfolded at the notorious Copper Coast and Augusta Highways intersection yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon.

A young woman is dead and her family’s life has changed forever.

For that family, the state government finally coming to the party to create a traffic management plan for the area is too little too late.

This should be a wake-up call for the government to move quickly on an issue that has been raised by locals for years.

Yes, traffic congestion in Port Wakefield is a problem but it’s the aforementioned intersection which is deadly.

It is a tricky turn, even for experienced drivers or those who travel the route regularly.

The sweeping bend, combined with an 80km/h speed limit, makes it difficult for those turning right off the Copper Coast Highway to accurately judge the speed of oncoming traffic.

Many of us have often thought, ‘I can beat that car or truck’ without accurately calculating how quickly a vehicle can cover that short distance.

The speed limits as vehicles are coming out of Port Wakefield are complicated.

Motorists are permitted to accelerate up to 110km/h but must then drop back to 80km/h just before the intersection.

However, speeding up and slowing down takes time and 80km/h is still quite fast.

Why not make the speed 60km/h coming out of Port Wakefield until after the notorious intersection? It is only a couple extra kilometres of slower travel.

This could be a quick fix short term.

But the real issue is the design of the intersection.

The government has committed to a study which deals with this as well as traffic management through Port Wakefield.

Local councils have suggested dual lanes through the township but what is the answer for crash corner?

Let’s hope the study comes up with a solution before more lives are lost.

Amie Price, Editor

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