Main Roads says it will raise concerns if road closure creates issues

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Main Roads WA says if it identifies significant issues on Wanneroo Rd during the temporary closure of Pipidinny Rd that are not being appropriately addressed, then it will raise its concerns with Metronet and the City of Wanneroo. Picture: Anita McInnes

PIPIDINNY Rd is going to close temporarily at some stage as part of the Metronet Yanchep rail extension and there will be no diversion so motorists will have to use Yanchep Beach Rd or Hester Ave to access Wanneroo Rd.

Yanchep News Online asked both the PTA and Main Roads WA if any consideration had been given to having temporary mobile lights and traffic controllers due to the extra traffic anticipated at the Yanchep Beach Rd and Wanneroo Rd-Indian Ocean Dr intersection during the temporary closure of Pipidinny Rd.

Public Transport Authority (PTA) spokesman David Hynes said the impact of additional traffic at the Wanneroo Rd-Yanchep Beach Rd and Hester Ave-Marmion Ave intersections had been assessed using current traffic statistics.

Mr Hynes said the analysis showed the intersections were capable of handling the extra traffic without significant additional congestion or delays.

He said the City of Wanneroo had approved the temporary closure of Pipidinny Rd.

“This temporary closure will facilitate multiple works on Pipidinny Rd including construction of the permanent road-over-rail bridge, widening a section of the road and relocating utility services,’’ he said.

“The date for the closure has not yet been determined and no deviation is being considered.’’

Main Roads WA spokesman Dean Roberts said the temporary closure of Pipidinny Rd was implemented by City of Wanneroo and Metronet, therefore they would be responsible for identifying and implementing a solution at the intersection of Yanchep Beach Rd-Wanneroo Rd, should the need arise.

Mr Roberts said Main Roads involvement would include assisting with a solution if approached by either agency.

“However, if this support was not requested and Main Roads identified significant issues on Wanneroo Rd (state controlled road) that were not being appropriately addressed, then Main Roads would raise these concerns with Metronet and the City of Wanneroo,’’ he said.

In December Main Roads WA said there were 1432 vehicle entries from Pipidinny Rd to Wanneroo Rd and 1490 exits from Wanneroo Rd to Pipidinny Rd each day.

Main Roads WA data shows it expects more than 7000 vehicle entries and exits on weekdays at the Yanchep Beach Rd and Wanneroo Rd-Indian Ocean Dr intersection during 2020-21.

Mr Hynes said there were many benefits associated with temporarily closing Pipidinny Rd including saving eleven months off the construction program, eliminating the need for ongoing traffic delays in the immediate area, and providing a safer environment for construction workers and motorists.”

During the closure the section of Pipidinny Rd between Wanneroo Rd and Beonaddy Rd will be open to local traffic only.

Metronet map showing detours during the temporary closure of Pipidinny Rd.