Federal Funding to Fix 10 'Black Spots' in Western Australia

Ten additional dangerous sites on Western Australian roads will be substantially improved over the next 12 months thanks to funding under the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government’s Black Spot Program.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack today announced an additional $6.13 million for the state under the Black Spot Program’s 2019–20 funding round, bringing total funding for 2019–20 to $14.35 million.

“This major investment is part of the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government’s commitment to building safer roads right across the nation,” Mr McCormack said.

“The Black Spot Program provides funding for the provision of safety measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at road locations where a number of serious crashes are known to have occurred.”

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said this investment in Black Spot projects would deliver safer roads in local government areas throughout the state.

“The total 34 Black Spot projects being funded across Western Australia in 2019–20 will make an important contribution towards reducing the total annual number of serious injuries and deaths caused by road crashes,” Mr Buchholz said.

“The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government’s Local and State Government Road Safety Package announced in the 2019–20 Budget is focused on improving local roads, especially on local country roads where there is a disproportionate number of deaths and serious accidents.”

Chair of the Western Australia Black Spot Consultative Panel and Senator for Western Australia Dean Smith said the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics has found that, on average, Black Spot projects reduce the number of crashes causing death and injury by 30 per cent.

“Seventy-eight per cent of this year’s Black Spot funding in Western Australia will go to improve the safety of Black Spots on rural and regional roads,” Senator Smith said.

“The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government has committed $1.05 billion to the Black Spot Program from 2013–14 to 2022–23 to improve road safety across the nation.”

For more information on the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program, or to nominate a black spot, visit https://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure_investment/black_spot/ .

A list of funded projects is available below.

2019–20 Black Spot Program – Western Australia

Project name

Proposed treatment

Funding Sought from Black Spot


Farrington Road

Bibra Drive


Modify signalised intersection, install second right turn lane on south leg, widen Farrington Road to allow double right turn and merge



Corrigin-Quairading Road

Between 0.77km and 1.20km North West of Bilbarin-Quairading Road


Widen floodway and approaches to increase the seal width to 7.0m, improve signage, line marking and delineation



Corrigin-Quairading Road

Between 0.91km south east of Caporn Road and 1.06km north west of Forty Nine Gate West Road


Widen seal to 7.0m, improve signage, line marking and delineation



Latham Road

Longhurst Street


Realign Longhurst Street approach to T-intersection, widen Latham Road through intersection, upgrade signs and pavement markings



South Western Highway

Between 0.70km and 1.24km south east of Dempster Street


Extend existing passing lane



Dawesville Bypass

Dawesville Road


Install new island between through lane and left turn lane to Dawesville Road to reduce vehicle masking to reduce right angle crashes



Latham Road

Currall Street


Improve intersection geometry, widen Latham Road through intersection, remove tree, rationalise adjacent intersection and driveways to reduce conflict points



South Western Highway

Lower Denmark Road


Modification of the intersection to provide protected turning lanes



Villiers Street

Swain Street and Panton Street


Realign intersection to T junction, improve sight distance on approaches, install signs and delineation




Cathedral Avenue

Sanford Street


Install a roundabout


Greater Geraldton