Port Lincoln resident concerned about intersection

SAFETY: Tanya Westmoreland with her children Alyssa and Jack Butler at the New West Road/Oxford Terrace intersection.
SAFETY: Tanya Westmoreland with her children Alyssa and Jack Butler at the New West Road/Oxford Terrace intersection.

A Port Lincoln resident is hoping to see the intersection near her house on New West Road become safer for traffic and pedestrians following a two-car collision last week.

The Metropolitan Fire Service, police and SA Ambulance were called to the intersection of New West Road and Oxford Terrace last Tuesday following a two car collision that resulted in one driver being taken to hospital.

Resident Tanya Westmoreland, who lives near the intersection with her two children, said her family had been living there for 10 years and had seen at least four collisions.

These included a similar collision in March 2015 and an incident in December 2014 where an elderly driver had to be cut out of her car.

“You hear the screech and you wait for the bang,” she said.

“I was walking out the door once to go to the movies and it happened when I was out in the driveway.”

Ms Westmoreland said she believed one factor was the sun, more-so outside daylight saving months, as it affected people’s vision going towards the foreshore.

She said her concern was for the large number of school children who walked across the road near the intersection towards the schools on Park Terrace.

“It’s really worrying us, we’re sure (a serious incident) is going to happen,” she said.

“It’s either going to be a serious (collision) or a fatality.”

Port Lincoln City Council civil operations manager Craig Matena said council had some years ago put in turning lanes and stop signs to increase safety.

Mr Matena said the road was under the control of the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, which would need to assess the intersection to see if anything could be done.

Ms Westmoreland said she would consider communication with the department and understood it would be difficult to find a solution that would not affect the flow of traffic too much.

Mr Matena said a round-a-bout would not feasible as the intersection was on a slope.

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