A total of $19.34 million will be allocated to road safety upgrades and improvements at 73 locations across WA, as part of the state Black Spot Program.
WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti announced the funding today, with 38 locations in the metropolitan area and 35 in regional WA.
All projects have been assessed using crash records to identify problems at these known hazardous locations in order to determine the most appropriate solution.
Local governments are also committing over $4 million to the next round of State Black Spots.
The funding for regional black spots is in addition to the $825 million that has been invested towards the Regional Road Safety Program since 2020.
To date, the Regional Road Safety Program has seen more than 7000 kilometres of the state regional road network upgraded with safety treatments like audible edge lines and sealed shoulders, with 8500 kilometres expected to be complete by mid-2024.
“Our Government understands the challenge of road safety requires ongoing effort and investments, which is why we continue to fund important projects through the State Black Spot Program,” said Saffioti.
“Since its inception, the State Black Spot Program has delivered around $500 million in safety upgrades on our road network, ensuring known risks are addressed.
“The program aims to further improve road safety across the state, reducing the significant trauma and suffering of crash victims and their loved ones by targeting sites with a proven crash history or those with a high risk.”
Here’s where the money will be spent.
A total of $11 million will be spent on upgrades to metropolitan roads, including:
- $2 million to extend the westbound left slip lane on Dixon Road and construct southbound acceleration lane on Ennis Avenue in the City of Rockingham;
- $700,000 to extend northbound right turn pocket on West Coast Highway, modify traffic signals and pedestrian facilities in the Town of Cambridge;
- $1 million towards the installation of median safety barriers at various locations between Maddington Road and Mills Road on Tonkin Highway in the City of Gosnells;
- $1.7 million to widen and seal shoulders, install raised median and upgrade street lighting on Mandurah Road in the City of Rockingham;
- $1.2 million to install a dual lane roundabout at the Marangaroo Drive and Girrawheen Avenue intersection in the City of Wanneroo;
- $173,000 for planning and development of a future roundabout at Cleopatra Street and Justinian Street in the City of Melville; and
- $200,000 for planning and development of a future roundabout at Baldivis Road and Rivergums Boulevard in the City of Rockingham.
A total of $8.34 million will be spent on upgrades to regional roads, including:
- $2 million to widen and seal shoulders on Northampton Kalbarri Road in the Shire of Northampton;
- $175,000 towards the future widening and modifying the Lamey Avenue (Bayulu Access Road) approach to Great Northern Highway intersection in the Shire of Derby West Kimberley;
- $263,000 to install series of slow points on Wanjeep Street in the City of Mandurah;
- $82,000 for planning and development works to widen and realign Speedway Road to improve sight distance at turn-off to a waste facility in the Shire of Carnarvon;
- $15,000 for planning and development of a future roundabout at MacDonald Street and Wilson Street intersection in the City of Kalgoorlie Boulder;
- $33,000 towards the future sealing of York-Williams Road northern approach to intersection with Wandering-Pingelly Road in the Shire of Wandering; and
- $30,000 for planning and development works to replace the painted roundabout with a constructed roundabout at Wellington Street East and Gordon Street intersection in the Shire of Northam.