Black Spot Funding Esperance

6/4/2018

Esperance will receive more than $500,000 of Federal Government funding for vital upgrades to improve the safety of local roads under the Black Spot Program.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson announced Esperance would be among the beneficiaries of the latest round of the Black Spot program, with more than $5 million allocated to 28 projects in Western Australia.

$443,250 will be spent at the intersection of Dempster Street and Andrew Street to install pre-deflection and median islands on all approaches to roundabout, reinforce priority and formalise parking.

Works totalling $111,620 will also be undertaken on Eleven Mile Road between Barook Road and Helms Drive.

The project will widen the seal, reconstruct superelevation on curves, widen shoulders, improve delineation, and install reflective raised pavement markers, edge lines and signage.

Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said the Esperance community’s input had been essential in identifying key road upgrades that will save lives.

"Road accidents place a major burden on our region. It impacts on our emergency services, it impacts our daily travel, and most importantly, it places incredible strain on friends and families,” Mr Wilson said.

“It’s absolutely vital that we maintain the quality of our infrastructure and identify areas where we can improve road safety for local communities.

“The Government is committed to reducing risk on our roads and this program has been very successful – on average, Black Spot projects reduce the number of crashes causing death and injury by 30 per cent.

“None of these projects would be delivered without the community’s vital input, and I’d encourage all residents and motorists in the region to nominate projects for future funding rounds.”

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