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Road safety program highlights WA black spots

The McGowan Government has allocated almost $27 million through the 2020-21 Black Spot Program to upgrade some of Western Australia’s worst roads.

Safety upgrades and improvements will be carried out at 92 locations with 44 in the Perth metropolitan area and 48 in regional WA.

Works will reportedly improve safety, help reduce congestion and improve efficiency whilst also supporting local jobs.

More than $21 million has been allocated by the State Government, with an additional $5 million to be provided by local governments.

Upgrades in the metropolitan area include:

  • $200,000 for the installation of the first ever Western Australian signalised safety platform at the intersection of Mill Point Road and Mends Street in South Perth;$200,000 to upgrade the corner of Ocean Reef Road and Eddystone Avenue in Heathridge/Beldon.
  • $800,000 to undertake safety improvements at the intersection of Thomas Road and Kargotich Road in Oakford.
  • $2,100,000 to upgrade pedestrian facilities and intersection lighting, and modify right hand turn lane into Albany Highway from Welshpool Road in St James.

In regional WA, projects include:

  • $1.9 million for Stage 1 to upgrade the intersection of Derby Highway and Waycott Street in Derby;
  • $2 million to widen Ackland Drive and construct a left hand turn from Brand Highway into Barrett Drive in Wandina;
  • $355,700 to complete realignment of Wandering-Narrogin Road/Springhill Road and Nebrikinning Road in Cuballing;
  • $252,000 towards making Port Drive safer at St Mary’s College in Broome; and
  • $278,000 towards correcting superelevation and widen shoulders on Pump Hill Road in the Shire of Manjimup.

Nominations for the 2021-22 State Black Spot Program for both metropolitan and regional roads are currently being assessed.

“We’ve worked with local government to deliver more than $26 million for this year’s Black Spot Program,” said Transport Minister, Rita Saffioti.

“This funding will upgrade 92 locations across the State, helping to make our roads safer and more efficient while also supporting local jobs.

“The Black Spot Program is an important part of our program of works, ensuring the most hazardous roads are targeted for improvement each year.

“Since the program’s inception in 2000 almost half a billion dollars has been allocated to upgrade and improve safety on our roads.

“The McGowan Government has also successfully negotiated a $100 million Regional Road Safety Program to help upgrade some of our most dangerous regional roads.”

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