TWO Rocks Rd is to undergo a safety review due to the increasing numbers of crashes happening on the road and the increasing development of the Two Rocks and Yanchep area.
Main Roads WA has conducted an initial investigation, which concluded the existing 60km/hr section of Two Rocks Rd should be extended by 640m from 200m south of Montebello Bvd to 300m south of the new intersection with Reef Break Dr.
At its general meeting on Tuesday, July 19 the City of Wanneroo – in a motion moved by North ward Councillor Linda Aitken and seconded by Wanneroo ward Councillor Samantha Fenn – decided to ask Main Roads WA to undertake a speed zone review of Two Rocks Rd for the 90km/hr section of the road.
Councillors also agreed to install raised reflective pavement markers and guideposts on Two Rocks Rd as recommended in a crash location report undertaken by Main Roads WA after a fatal crash on the road in March.
They also agreed to note the extension of the existing 60km/hr section of the road to 300m south of the proposed Reef Break Dr and Two Rocks Rd intersection.
In an officer’s report the city said crash data for Two Rocks Rd showed there were 21 crashes on the 6.6km stretch of Two Rocks Rd between Yanchep Beach Rd and Lisford Ave during the five years between 2011 and 2015.
The report said the 21 crashes recorded included two fatalities, five hospital admissions and three crashes requiring medical attention.
The crash data also highlighted that eight of the 21 crashes occurred at night and five of the crashes were off carriageway (leaving road) crashes.
Since those Main Roads WA statistics were collected there have been at least two more fatal crashes on the road.
In 2015 on September 25 a 20-year-old man from Two Rocks died when a white Ford Falcon sedan travelling north collided with a silver Holden Astra travelling south about 500m south of Montebello Bvd.
On March 6 this year a Two Rocks woman and two Nollamara men died in a head-on crash about 1km north of the Club Capricorn entry and just south of the Yanchep and Two Rocks local government boundary.
The report said city staff believed reviewing the speed limit on the road would play a significant role in improving safety of the road.’
Traffic data for the road showed that on March 15 this year that south of Montebello Bvd there was an average of 4557 vehicles using Two Rocks Rd and north of Zamia Rise there was an average of 4631 using the road.
The statistics showed 85 per cent of motorists were driving at 90km/hr or below when crossing the traffic counter located south of intersection with Montebello Bvd and 95km/hr when crossing the traffic counter placed north of the intersection with Zamia Rise.
Statistics collected on May 4, 2010 showed north of Lookout Dr there was an average of 3632 vehicles using Two Rocks Rd with 85 per cent of motorists driving at or below 88km/hr when they crossed the traffic counter.
On the same day a traffic counter north of Montebello Bvd recorded 3217 vehicles with 85 per cent of the motorists driving at or below 82km/hr.