Black spot funding to address safety concerns at Webb Street intersection
13 December 2019
The intersection of Webb Street and Leach Highway in Rossmoyne will get a major upgrade as part of the State Government’s Black Spot Program.
The City of Canning received funding as part of the 2018-2019 program and has allocated further funding to alleviate concerns from the local community and address road safety issues relating to congestion and pedestrian safety.
At the Ordinary Council Meeting on 10 December Council resolved to approve the project, considering feedback from community, authorizing the Chief Executive Officer to proceed and approving dedication of 538m2 of road reserve.
City of Canning Mayor Patrick Hall said the provision of Black Spot funding by the State Government highlighted the importance of the project and illustrated that the City’s concerns regarding the intersection were warranted.
“The Webb Street intersection has been an important issue for the local community for many years due to increasing traffic congestion and pedestrian safety concerns. The measures approved by Council are aimed at addressing those concerns by creating a safer environment and improving traffic flow,” said Mayor Hall.
In 2017 the City commissioned a road safety audit of Webb Street following concerns raised by local residents. The audit identified a number of concerns about difficulty accessing the highway and the high number of school students in the vicinity during the morning and afternoon peak times.
The City developed a road design to address the safety issues by modifying Webb Street, constructing a new left turning lane and an additional right turning lane from Webb Street onto Leach Highway.
These changes will improve the efficiency of traffic movement at this intersection, allowing for a timely exit onto Leach Highway and easing traffic congestion along Webb Street.
The project also includes improvements to the left turn lane from Leach Highway into Webb Street and the addition of a controlled pedestrian crossing facility across Webb Street at the traffic signals.
The City will continue to consult with local residents as the project progresses.