Most dangerous roads soon to be fixed

Most dangerous roads soon to be fixed

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Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti with Member for Thornlie Chris Tallentire.

Some of the most dangerous roads in the southeast will be fixed under the 2019-20 State Black Spot program including the intersection between Albany Highway and Fremantle Road in Gosnells.

On August 29 Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said $25.78 million will be allocated for upgrades to 17 roads in both the metropolitan and regional areas.

“We are trying to reduce accidents in key areas,” she said.

“We are trying to improve the intersections to ensure that people can turn safer and also better clearances and visibility for pedestrians.”

Since the Black Spot Program inception in 2000 Ms Saffioti said the program has delivered almost half a billion of dollars in specific safety initiatives on the WA road network for drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians.

“We have a record spending on roads throughout WA and they are low cost initiatives and projects,” she said.

One of the most expensive projects this year was the $1.5 million allocated to upgrades in the Albany Highway and Fremantle Road intersection.

Ms Saffioti said this intersection was an essential upgrade.

“This upgrade will improve the right and turning lanes and improve access for pedestrians,” she said.

Member for Thornlie Chris Tallentire said it was an important upgrade.

“This upgrade will make this area safer and much more liveable,” he said.

“When you combine it and link it with some of the redevelopments that are happening it will make this area more residential.”

Other upgrades in Gosnells include Maddington Road with a total $34,533 budget allocated for pedestrian facility improvements, installing delineation, signs and line marking.

Also $53,000 will go to the intersection on Albany Highway and Dorothy Street to modify traffic signals, installing arrows and modify pedestrian phasing to parallel phasing with flashing lights.