Media Release - Another $5,654,728 delivered for O’Connor
Road safety in O’Connor 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 nearly $5.7 million to fix black spots in the electorate – including blackspots in Lowlands (near Youngs Siding), Kendenup, Pingelly, Manjimup, Yornaning and Williams.
Mr Wilson said the investment would improve road safety throughout the Great Southern and help reduce the disproportionate number of serious crashes in regional communities.
“People in the Great Southern 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.
“This 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 Great Southern 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 Great Southern are:
• Section of Pinjarra Williams Road near Page Road at Williams: $440,000 to remove roadside hazards from the clear zone and retrofit Bridge No. 414 with compliant end terminals;
• Section of Wickepin Pingelly Road from Old Wickepin Road to 1.2 km west at Pingelly: $351,200 to widen a culvert, reconstruct three curves, widen road and install new warning signage and line marking;
• Section of Tennessee South Road approximately 1.75km south west of Thompson Road intersection at Lowlands: $150,000 to install curve warning signs, prune vegetation, improve vertical curves and improve drainage;
• Intersection of Red Gum Pass Road, Lake Matilda Road and Townsend Street at Kendenup: $91,420 to realign and construct Townsend St into Lake Matilda Rd as the regulated continuing through route, remove large tree, improve drainage and install street lighting and raised reflective pavement markers;
• Intersection of Jutland Road and Fisher Street at Kendenup: $68,421 to realign the intersection into 'S' bend to define Jutland Rd as the through route and improve drainage;
• Intersection of Ipsen Street and West Boundary Road at Manjimup: $46,000 to install kerb to reduce shoulder width, clear vegetation, improve drainage and install advance warning and cross roads signs, install line marking and "Children Crossing" bus stop alert;
• Section of Yornaning West Road east of Forestry Road intersection at Yornaning: $22,433 to widen and seal inside of curve and replace all signage;
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/.