Notorious Albany roundabout receives safety trial

Michael TraillAlbany Advertiser
The crash scene on Campbell Road.
Camera IconThe crash scene on Campbell Road.

The notorious roundabout at the intersection of North Road and Campbell Road in Spencer Park will undergo a safety trial.

Four safety enhancement features will be installed at the intersection, the City of Albany revealed yesterday.

White road paint and glass-bead reflective coating will be applied to the kerb on the corner of North Road and Campbell Road, as well as the inner arc of the roundabout itself, a City spokeswoman said.

Seven red retro reflective raised pavement markers will be placed along Campbell Road to face oncoming traffic, and an old driveway on Campbell Road will be closed and replaced with new kerbing.

The wall outside one home in particular at the intersection has been hit by cars on a near-yearly basis, according to one long-term resident.

The frequency of crashes at the property prompted one social media user to call the wall the “Bayswater Bridge of Albany”, after a drunk woman crashed into it in April.

Permanent solid forms of protection were explored in consultation with Main Roads, Western Power and Albany Roadwise Safety Committee, but were considered to be a greater risk to road users.

Safety-trial roadworks are set to start in July.

“We have worked with agencies to consider a range of safety options that will protect both drivers and pedestrians that use this particular road network and have reached an outcome that aims to save lives,” City spokesman Paul Camins said.

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