Dampier and Broadhurst Road FAQ
The roundabout at the intersection of Dampier Road and Broadhurst Road (entrance to the Karratha Leisureplex, Senior High School and TAFE) has been causing some concern within the community recently. Here is a list of some frequently asked questions that we have received regarding the intersection.
Why is this intersection causing community concern?
The intersection is a dangerous combination of fast paced vehicles travelling along Dampier Road and a large number of pedestrians crossing the road to access the Karratha Leisureplex, Senior High School and TAFE facilities. There is growing confusion as to who has right of way at the intersection which is resulting in unpredictable and potentially dangerous behaviour from both pedestrians and drivers.
The current wig wag lights that operate at the intersection are supposed to be supplemented by a traffic warden during school drop off and pick up hours, however that position has still not been filled. The paid position is still available through the Pilbara District Police Station so if you know anyone who would be suitable or wants to help improve safety at this intersection please encourage them to apply at:
Traffic Warden State Management Unit
What is being done to address this?
The City has applied for funding under the Black Spot Program to improve the roundabout and crossing for pedestrians and motorists.
In the meantime we are trying to reinforce the message that pedestrians must give way to vehicles and have installed new signage along the footpaths and notified nearby facilities to also reiterate that message with customers and students.
Main Roads has implemented a 40km/hr school zone on Dampier Highway between Highham Street and Broadhurst Road opposite Karratha Senior High School, this area is well signed with flashing lights that the school zone is in place.
The 40km/hr School Zone is in place on school days from 7.30 – 9.00am and 2.00 – 3.30pm.
Motorists should be aware that Karratha Police will be monitoring the school zone. Penalties for speeding are as follows:
- 1-9 KPH over $100 and no demerit points
- 10-19 over $200 and 2 demerits
- 20-29 over $400 and 3 demerit points
- 30-39 over $800 and 6 demerit points
- 41-44 over $1000 and 7 demerit points
- 45+ is Reckless driving and an impoundable offence, you will be summonsed to court and would receive a mandatory loss of licence
What about other solutions such as an over and underpass?
The design of the intersection and associated pedestrian crossing has been considered several times since it was constructed by Main Roads. Solutions such as over or underpasses were discussed at length and in consultation with Main Roads, Department of Education and The City of Karratha however were deemed an inappropriate alternative to the proposed solution of traffic lights.
Both options were considered cost prohibitive and presented additional safety concerns for pedestrians and drivers. An underpass was also considered problematic for drainage. These options were not supported by Main Roads or the Department of Education.
Who is responsible for the intersection?
While Dampier Road was originally designed and built by Main Roads WA, Council has since taken over ownership and responsibility for maintaining the road. Council has long advocated for an alternate and safer design for this intersection as the current design is sub-optimal and has applied for funding to improve the intersection under the Federal and State Government’s Black Spot Program.
How should pedestrians approach the roundabout?
All pedestrians must give way to vehicles at this crossing. Unfortunately there is some confusion at this intersection because there is supposed to be a traffic warden present during school drop off and pick up hours, however the position still has still not been filled.
If you are a pedestrian waiting to cross the road, please wait until it is safe to cross the road.
How should vehicles approach the roundabout?
Vehicles have right of way at this intersection. While we encourage drivers to be cautious and to slow down when approaching the intersection, please do not stop to let pedestrians cross as it will only add to the confusion.
What else can I do?
Follow the road rules and signage in the area. Spread the word about how to correctly use the intersection. And encourage family and friends to establish a pool of applicants for the vacant traffic warden position.
Traffic Warden State Management Unit