UNREPORTED car accidents are putting lives at risk at the notorious Yoogali intersection, a councillor has warned.
The 10-year anniversary of the crash that killed 15-year-old Joseph Bianchini has brought the dangerous crossroad back into the spotlight.
The intersection has been rejected for Black Spot funding because there has only been one accident recorded there in the past five years.
But Councillor Anne Napoli, who lives in Yoogali, has insisted there are frequent accidents at the site that have gone unreported.
“When Yoogali Service Station was open they saw near misses and minor accidents several times a day,” Cr Napoli said at a recent council meeting.
“We’re lucky we haven’t had any fatalities in the past eight years but there have certainly been serious accidents, including one recently where a car went off the road and over the bridge, knocking the railing off.
“This intersection has been an ongoing issue and we need to do something before someone else loses their life.”
Several years ago a concept plan was drawn up for the intersection, the meeting point of four major roads – Burley Griffin Way, Mackay Avenue, Irrigation Way and Kurrajong Avenue.
A proposal was discussed to install either traffic lights or a roundabout but there was concern about how the infrastructure would work with the railway line that crosses Burley Griffin Way.
“We now know that would work because we have traffic lights and railway lines working at other intersections and I think lights are the best solution,” Cr Napoli said.
“There has been time spent and money spent but still nothing has been done at this intersection. That’s not good enough.”
Council will send a further request to Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) for funding, which will be forwarded to the NSW Centre for Road Safety.
Mayor John Dal Broi said he would also approach NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay to request reconsideration for Black Spot funding.
The funding is doled out by the federal government but any projects that miss out are then passed on to state governments for consideration.
Councillor Pat Cox called for community members to do their bit to encourage change at the intersection.
“Nothing will be done unless crash data is reported,” Cr Cox said. “People might not want their accident to be listed but it’s in the best interest of the community if it is recorded.”