Eaton intersection named as WA's most dangerous

The RAC has named the intersection of Forrest Highway and Hynes Road as the riskiest in Western Australia. 

The results of the RAC Risky Roads survey were released on Wednesday with more than 6000 nominations received from the public. 

The Forrest Highway/Hynes Road intersection in Eaton was noted as the number one riskiest intersection both regionally and state-wide. 

The survey noted key factors that cause risk at that intersection include the speed of vehicles being too high, inadequate crossing or turning opportunities and an inadequate traffic light system.

The intersection between Forrest Highway and Paris Road ranked eighth on the regional list while the Bussell Highway/Somerville Drive intersection in College Grove and the Forrest Highway/Old Bunbury Road intersection in Waroona ranked equal ninth regionally. 

Bussell Highway in Capel was named fifth on the list of riskiest roads for having narrow lanes or bridges and a lack of overtaking opportunities. 

RAC general manager corporate affairs Will Golsby said Western Australia has its worst road toll in eight years in 2016 with 194 deaths and something has to be done. 

“There is over 187,000 kilometres of road in Western Australia and no one knows it better than the people who drive, ride, cycle or walk on it every day,” Mr Golsby said.

“The latest Risky Roads results have highlighted the urgent need for all major parties to commit to addressing the community’s concerns by increasing road funding ahead of the March 11 state election.

“Western Australia has an $845 million road maintenance backlog and also has one of the worst road fatality rates in the country.

“As we head in to a State Election, RAC is calling on the next sate government to address WA’s poor road safety record by reducing the road maintenance backlog by at least 30 per cent over the next four years.”

In November 2016, Member for Collie-Preston Mick Murray called for an urgent upgrade to the Eaton intersection which had claimed the life of three people in recent years. 

The speed limit approaching the corner was recently lowered from 110 kilometres an hour to 80 kilometres an hour in a bid to reduce fatalities and crashes. 

Since the 2014 Risky Roads campaign, eight of the top 10 roads and six of the top 10 intersections have had work planned, committed, started or completed.