Council pushes for improved intersection designs

Alternative designs are being explored for two intersections in the heart of Karratha that have been causing concern among commuters.

Council has requested City of Karratha officers work with traffic engineers to investigate a safe solution that enables right-hand turning between Hedland Place and the newly opened Karratha Terrace.

Officers are also seeking Main Roads approval for a roundabout design at the intersection of Sharpe Avenue and Welcome Road adjacent the Red Earth Arts Precinct site.

City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long said Council was pushing for safe solutions that enabled free traffic flow in and around the City Centre.

“Originally traffic signals were planned for these intersections however that is no longer considered the preferred treatment by Main Roads WA,” Cr Long said. 

“We know the treatments that are currently in place have been causing some issues with commuters and so we are very eager to investigate alternative designs that improve traffic flow but also meet the relevant safety standards.”

“As new projects like the Red Earth Arts Precinct these intersections will become increasingly busy so it is important that we have treatments that safely accommodate peak period traffic flow.”

“We will continue to work with Main Roads WA and traffic engineers to investigate safe and practical designs for both intersections.”