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

Council

Farrington Road

Bibra Drive

NORTH LAKE

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

$397,300

Cockburn

Corrigin-Quairading Road

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

ADAMSVALE

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

$186,090

Corrigin

Corrigin-Quairading Road

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

ADAMSVALE

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

$429,224

Corrigin

Latham Road

Longhurst Street

NAREMBEEN

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

$312,896

Narembeen

South Western Highway

Between 0.70km and 1.24km south east of Dempster Street

GWINDINUP

Extend existing passing lane

$1,803,798

Capel

Dawesville Bypass

Dawesville Road

DAWESVILLE

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

$613,300

Mandurah

Latham Road

Currall Street

NAREMBEEN

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

$312,896

Narembeen

South Western Highway

Lower Denmark Road

YOUNGS SIDING

Modification of the intersection to provide protected turning lanes

$550,000

Albany

Villiers Street

Swain Street and Panton Street

DERBY

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

$253,000

Derby/West

Kimberley

Cathedral Avenue

Sanford Street

GERALDTON

Install a roundabout

$1,270,000

Greater Geraldton