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Collision triggers concern on Port Lincoln intersection

CONCERNED: Hagen Zerk standing on LeBrun Street with the Verran Terrace intersection in the background, which he said was a danger for traffic under the current circumstances. Photo: Jarrad Delaney
CONCERNED: Hagen Zerk standing on LeBrun Street with the Verran Terrace intersection in the background, which he said was a danger for traffic under the current circumstances. Photo: Jarrad Delaney

A Port Lincoln business owner has raised concerns about a local intersection, arguing more collisions will happen unless action is taken to alleviate the traffic load moving through the area.

Concern has been raised about the LeBrun Street/Verran Terrace intersection after two cars collided with each other at about 10.15am on November 22.

A police spokesperson said neither of the drivers involved in the collision were seriously injured, however one was transported to Port Lincoln Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Hagen Zerk, who owns Zerk Automotive on LeBrun Street said this was just the latest incident to happen at the intersection and said at least 10 had occurred over the last four years.

He said the issue was the traffic was heavy due to traffic coming from the nearby shopping complex as well as from the marina and towards Kirton Point Primary School and Navigator College.

"It's too busy for the amount of traffic that flows through it, at school time it's especially bad," he said.

Mr Zerk said with land being developed on land adjoining the intersection, and nearby in the industrial area, there would be more traffic coming through in the future which would make the situation worse.

He said one solution could include connecting Bel-Air Drive to Mortlock Terrace, which could divert some traffic away from the intersection.

"If Bel-Air Drive could be connected with Mortlock Terrace, it provides another crossing for traffic," he said.

"Something has to happen one day, the area is getting over developed, everyone is getting to this side of town and there's only so many ways to get across."

Port Lincoln City Council chief executive officer Matthew Morgan said a key focus had been on improving safety for areas of concern with planning likely to take place within the next two years.

"In our Strategic Directions Plan (which is a 10-year plan) we have committed to developing a Road Traffic Management Plan which includes consideration of future uses for both road and rail corridors," he said.

"Intersections such as (Verran Terrace/LeBrun Street), which is bounded/restricted by the railway corridor will be a focus of this review and planning process, and depending on whether or not council can access the rail corridor, we may be able to look at alternative configurations for these traditional crossroad intersections if there are identified safety issues."

Mr Morgan said as it stood the council encouraged all drivers to demonstrate appropriate driving behaviours when waiting to cross at intersections, including abiding by stop signs and exercising patience.

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