State Growth suggested West Tamar Council apply for black spot funding for a Bridgenorth intersection just days before the site became the scene of a fatal crash that claimed the lives of two people.
The council confirmed the intersection had been assessed by engineers from the council and State Growth, who determined the give way signs were adequate.
The crash on Saturday occurred when a car approaching from Long Plains Road was driven through the intersection – ignoring give way signs – and was struck by a car heading west on Bridgenorth Road, according to police.
Nearby residents had raised concerns about motorists not noticing the signs, and this was passed on to State Growth, which suggested the council look into applying for black spot funding.
The matter will be raised again with West Tamar Council’s infrastructure department this week.
West Tamar mayor Christina Holmdahl said the council would follow up the suggestion to apply for federal black spot funding, but it was a competitive process with a small pool of funds available.
“There was a letter that was received by the council last week with the suggestion that it may be possible to address the issue through black spot funding,” she said.
“Because it was only received last week, nothing to date has been done with that. We will respond to State Growth and get the ball rolling.”
The last time the council successfully received federal black spot funding was at least 10 years ago when the intersection of Winkleigh Road and the West Tamar Highway was upgraded.
The state government also promised $12 million at the last election for a series of upgrades along the highway.
A government spokesperson said the roads were owned and managed by West Tamar Council and changes to traffic management, such as rumble strips or stop signs, were a matter for the council.
“We want our roads to be as safe as possible and the Government will work with the West Tamar Council to achieve improvements,” the spokesperson said.
“It had been previously noted that the West Tamar Council could apply to the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program to improve the road safety of this intersection if the council deems it appropriate.”