State Government Devotes New Funding For Safer Roads

Rural WA roads will get the chance for improvement, with a funding boost to the Safer Roads Program.

The State Government has renewed its commitment to the program by investing $28.4 million originally launched by the Gallop Labor Government in 2004.

“People travelling on our regional roads have just as much right to safe road infrastructure as those in the city,” Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts said.

“These grants will help numerous local communities improve their road infrastructure, and further solidifies our commitment to ensuring road users all throughout WA can travel safely.”

The funds will be devoted to 24 regional road safety initiatives and one in the Perth metropolitan area.

The regional projects will include $5.8 million for the first stage of an intersection upgrade on Bussell Highway and Fairway Drive in safety and traffic flow and $4.3 million for widening works on the Brand Highway north of Cataby.

$3.5 million will also be devoted to realign the Bowelling Curves on the Collie-Lake King Road in the Wheatbelt and $2 million for widening works on Victoria Highway in the Kimberley.

Meanwhile, $200,000 will be spent to continue the rollout of road safety barriers on highways and freeways in the Perth metropolitan area.

“Unfortunately many of these roads were built in an earlier era, without the knowledge we now have about safe system road design treatments,” Mrs Roberts said.

“With seven out of every 10 serious crashes on regional roads involving a single vehicle running off the side of the road, treatments like sealing the road shoulders and audible edge-lining while not always obvious are saving lives and reducing injuries.”

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the funding will help reduce risks on the roads that would lead to safer road use.

“While many of us will travel on WA roads for our entire lives without being involved in a serious accident, the sad fact of vehicle travel is that it comes with an inherent risk,” Ms Saffioti said.

“Simple things like widening or realigning a problem stretch of road can make a huge difference.”

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