The Western Australian Government has confirmed $17.2 million funding from the Road Trauma Trust Account has been approved so safety improvements on Toodyay Road can begin immediately.
The works involve widening a 27-kilometre stretch of the road to include an 11-metre sealed surface and sealed shoulders, construction and realignment of overtaking lanes, Jimperding Brook realignment and bridge replacement and continuation of works at a number of intersections.
According to a statement from the WA Government, between 2012 and 2016, 10 people lost their lives and 39 people were seriously injured in crashes on Toodyay Road, which runs from north-east Perth through to the Wheatbelt town of Toodyay.
“On top of Road Trauma Trust Account funding, the 2017-18 State Budget includes $96 million towards road safety programs in regional WA and an overall 20 per cent increase in regional road funding,” said Western Australia Transport Minister Rita Saffioti in a statement.
“We’re getting on with the job of improving dangerous roads, as demonstrated with Toodyay Road and our recent investment in improving Indian Ocean Drive.”