Extend Stirling and Crafers SE Freeway on-ramps and create third lane
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We call upon the State Government to extend the Stirling and Crafers South Eastern Freeway on-ramps and create third lane to prevent accidents, injuries and deaths being caused by merging traffic.
During peak hours the region of the South Eastern Freeway in the vicinity of the Crafers and Stirling Interchange on-ramps is incredibly dangerous as traffic seeks to enter the Freeway from Stirling (in the morning) and enter the Freeway from Crafers heading East (in the afternoon). The Freeway is already full of trucks and commuter cars and the shortness of these respective on-ramps mean that it is often difficult to get up to the speed of Freeway traffic (nominally 100 kph) and safely merge.
Much stress and many accidents have been caused by this situation. Often timid drivers will come to the end of the on-ramp and stop, thus clogging up the on-ramp to merging traffic behind them.
This problem is unique to this area due to the closeness of these two interchanges, the shortness of the on-ramps and the fact that many locals use this stretch of road to travel between the two major centres of Stirling and Crafers. The problem is made worse by the fact that the South Eastern Freeway carries a high proportion of interstate trucks.
How many accidents, injuries and deaths need to occur before this dangerous problem is solved?
A real viable solution is to widen the Freeway in this area and extend the on-ramps into a third lane between Stirling and Crafers on either side of the Freeway. The areas where these would occur are shown in the map above.
This would give drivers much more distance to safely merge into Freeway traffic and allow locals who are only travelling between Stirling and Crafers to avoid having to merge into the main Freeway traffic altogether. It would also offer timid drivers that still have trouble, a safe exit as they can leave the Freeway at the next exit.
This solution could be integrated into the "South Eastern Freeway - Managed Motorway" plan already announced for this stretch of Freeway.
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