Black Spot Program highlights WA’s worst roads


Almost $27 million will go towards upgrading some of Western Australia’s worst roads, as part of the 2020-21 Black Spot Program.

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

These works are aimed at improving safety, helping to reduce congestion and improve efficiency, together with 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,” says Transport Minister Rita Saffioti. “Since the program’s inception in 2000 almost half a billion dollars has been allocated to upgrade and improve safety on our roads.”

Over $21 million has been allocated by the WA 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; and
  • $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. For more information, please click here.

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