Notoriously dangerous road to get safety upgrades

Media Release

DC307/2017

11 October 2017

Joint release with:

Christian Porter

Federal Member for Pearce

Melissa Price

Federal Member for Durack

  • Safety upgrades to address a crash rate three times above the state average
  • Works to include reconstruction, realignment and widening

Funding has been announced today to upgrade two sections of the York Merredin Road east of Perth, to improve safety and help address a crash rate more than three times the state average.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said under the new Regional Road Safety package almost $5 million would be invested to keep motorists, cyclists and pedestrians safe.

“The Australian Government is investing $1.6 billion towards a $2.3 billion road and rail infrastructure package in Western Australia, including the Regional Road Safety Package. This is in addition to funding infrastructure project upgrades such as METRONET, the Kwinana Freeway, and the Leach Highway,” Mr Chester said.

Federal Member for Pearce Christian Porter said a 1.2 kilometre section near York and a 4.5 kilometre section near Dangin would be upgraded on the road, given the history of 183 crashes between 1989 and 2015.

“The projects will be part of a larger staged program to widen road shoulders, install audible edge lines, tackle roadside hazards and trial audible centrelines between York and Quairading,” Mr Porter said.

“This project is one of 16 to be delivered under the Regional Road Safety Package, which will be 80 per cent funded by the Australian Government.”

Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price said the shoulder upgrades and audible line marking would improve driving conditions for all road users.

“Run-off-road crashes involving vehicles colliding with trees has been the major factor in many accidents and most fatalities on York Merredin Road, so focusing on audible line marking, upgraded shoulders, and addressing roadside hazards will save lives,” Ms Price said.

The Australian Government has committed $3.9 million to the two projects on York Merredin Road, with the Western Australian Government committing $1 million.