The Western Australian Government has provided the WA Safer Roads Program with a nearly $30M funding injection, which will go towards safety works including road widening, realignment and intersection upgrades.
Approximately $28.4 million will go towards funding 24 regional road safety initiatives – and one in the Perth metropolitan area – under the program.
Projects include: $5.8 million for the first stage of an intersection upgrade on Bussell Highway and Fairway Drive in Busselton; $4.3 million for widening works on the Brand Highway north of Cataby; $3.5 million 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.
For Perth, $200,000 will go towards the continued rollout of road safety barriers on highways and freeways.
Western Australian Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts welcomed the funding.
“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,” Ms. 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,” she said.
“Evaluation has shown that in three years we saved up to 70 people from serious trauma and for every $1 spent, the community received a $2.20 benefit in safety.”
Launched in 2004, the WA Safer Roads Program aims to fund initiatives to make the road network safer for all users, including pedestrians and cyclsists.