Media Release - $3 million to fix black spots in the Goldfields
8 April 2016: Road safety in the Goldfields has received a boost with a new round of funding announced under the Black Spot Programme.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester and Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP today announced funding of more than $3 million to fix 10 black spots on Goldfields- Esperance roads.
Mr Wilson said the investment would improve road safety throughout the Goldfields and help reduce the disproportionate number of serious crashes in regional communities.
“People in the Goldfields will undoubtedly recognise the history and notoriety of these roads, either through their own near misses or seeing emergency services at the site first-hand,” he said.
“The Goldfields is a huge region and many locals need to travel long distances on a regular basis, so I’m pleased to see some of these problem areas receiving some much-needed attention.
“The Black Spot Programme allows anyone to make a submission for a safety upgrade to a road or intersection in their local area.
“According to the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics, there were 1,242 road deaths in Australia in the 12 months to February 2016. This is far too many and we must continue the campaign to make our roads safer.
“We are committed to reducing crashes on our roads. Accidents take a huge toll on families, our communities and the economy and I am delighted to see these upgrades in the Goldfields approved.”
Mr Chester said the projects were recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts and would be delivered during the course of 2016-17.
“The annual economic cost of road crashes is estimated at $27 billion per year. Governments of all levels have made significant progress over several decades in reducing fatalities, yet there is still work to be done,” Mr Chester said.
“This investment is helping to make our local roads safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
“The Australian Government has committed $500 million to the Black Spot Programme from 2014-15 to 2018-19, including an additional $200 million over two years from 2015-16 to improve road safety and infrastructure across the country.”
The approved projects in the Goldfields are:
• $850,000 to install street lighting at a 3.1km section of Goldfields Highway between Fimiston Street and Boorara Road
• $787,000 to install a roundabout at the intersection of Boulder Road and Egan Street at Kalgoorlie
• $331,400 to modify horizontal floodway width and alignment, clear vegetation, remove rock spoil from within clear zone and upgrade signage at the section of Old Laverton Road between Korong Road and Chatterbox Access Road at Laverton
• $320,000 to improve the alignment of curves in the unsealed 1.8km section of Mount Monger Road near Golden Ridge
• Intersection of Grass Patch Road and Swan Lagoon Road at Grass Patch: $292,254 to reconstruct the 'S' bend on Grass Patch Rd and increase the staggered intersection distance for the Swan Lagoon Rd through movement, install associated signage and drainage and seal the Swan Lagoon Rd approach to the intersection
• Intersection of Goldfields Highway and Tip Road at Kambalda East: $175,600 to channelise the intersection, install a median island on Tip Rd, extend 60 km/h speed zone to west side of Tip Rd, extend culvert, remove vegetation and upgrade pavement markings and signage
• Intersection of Great Eastern Highway and Renou Street at Coolgardie: $111,500 to modify intersection geometry, upgrade/realign drainage, relocate signs, upgrade railing and safety barriers at drains, modify/relocate pedestrian crossing, install pram ramp and relocate non-frangible poles outside of clear zone
• Intersection of Great Eastern Highway and Jobson Street at Coolgardie: $91,500 to modify the intersection geometry, remove hazards, install pedestrian crossing refuge and pedestrian path including connection to existing paths, install new and upgrade existing pram ramps, reinstall tactile paving and upgrade pavement markings
• Intersection of Collins Street and Russell Street at Kalgoorlie: $62,000 to reinforce intersection priority, install median islands, nibs and upgrade street lighting
• Intersection of Burt Street and Ivanhoe Street at Boulder: $14,000 to install median islands on Ivanhoe St to reinforce the priority at the intersection
For more information on the Australian Government’s Black Spot Programme, or to nominate a black spot, visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots/.