Territory and Municipal Services have a note on West Macgregor intersection upgrades.
Due to the projected increased construction costs for the protection and relocation of services on Southern Cross Drive, the upgrade of the Starke Street intersection will not be taking place.
Through the investigation of the proposed intersection upgrade options, it was identified that signalisation of Southern Cross Drive and Florey Drive will provide increased safety and allow works to be delivered within the budget.
Construction for the upgrade is due to commence by the end of April 2012 with practical completion estimated by the end of August 2012, pending weather.
The upgrade works for the Starke Street intersection has been postponed pending the identification of a safe and financially viable option, including signalisation of the existing layout.
So after the initial investigation of potential options to resolve the s***fight that is the Southern Cross / Florey Drive and Southern Cross / Starke St intersections found that roundabouts would be the best solution, we’re settling for some ‘increased safety’ by putting some traffic lights on the Florey Drive intersection, and just letting Starke St traffic fend for itself. Then possibly putting more lights on that intersection at some stage in the future.
Ok, so I get that the roundabout option may have blown out in cost due to existing services (although how in hell this wasn’t known before the plans were drawn up I’ll never know) but I really don’t understand how anyone could think that dealing with these intersections individually will ever work. The problem is that there are two high traffic intersections close to each other, and what happens to traffic at one effects the other.
So now there are lights at the Florey Drive intersection. Cars turning right out of Starke St now have to deal with traffic turning right from SC into Starke – which may be travelling more slowly now due to traffic banked up at the new lights ahead – as well as traffic travelling straight through towards Belco, affected in the same way. Traffic heading towards Macgregor West will hit SC in an uninterrupted line after getting a green light, and traffic turning right onto SC from Florey Drive will do the same thing. In busy times, the Starke St intersection just won’t be able to cop a break.
The Starke St intersection in incredibly bad. Visibility is terrible – when turning either way onto SC, traffic turning left onto Starke blocks visibility, so it’s difficult or impossible to see if there is other traffic travelling straight through. This latest plan won’t fix any of those issues.
I’d also love to know where the community consultation was with these plans. It was pure accident that I found these revisions to the previously announced plans. If I wanted to put an extension out the back of my place, I’d probably need to have a sign out the front, inform the neighbours, sacrifice a goat, and so on. Yet the government can announce one set of plans, then back out of them with nothing more than an update to a webpage, and that’s good enough?