Black Spot Program to Save Lives in Canning

Black Spot Program to Save Lives in Canning

Three significant road safety upgrades are coming to Canning, with the Australian Government announcing it will invest over $900,000 toward 3 projects under the 2020-21 Black Spot Program.

In Bedfordale, the left turn pocket on Albany Highway to Waterwheel Road will be extended. Lines of sight will be improved and street lighting upgraded on Waterwheel Road to Canns Rd.

In Falcon, the intersection of Old Coast Road and Duke Street in Falcon will be upgraded with offset left turning lane to Duke Street to reduce vehicle masking. The South East corner of intersection will be widened to improve sight lines for turning traffic.

In Dawesville, the intersection of the Dawesville Bypass and Old Coast Road will be upgraded. An offset left turning lane to Old Coast Road will be constructed to reduce vehicle masking and vegetation will be removed to improve sight lines for turning traffic.

Andrew Hastie said the investment was critical to improving local road safety.

“The road Black Spot Program is a sensible initiative that targets federal funding to road projects identified by local communities. It makes our local roads safer."

“These two road black spots in southern Mandurah will be upgraded under the 2020-21 funding round, which is great news for our community."

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack announced Western Australia would receive $15.4 million in 2020-21 under the latest round of program funding.

“Safer roads save lives. The Australian Government is committed to improving roads in Western Australia and right across the nation,” Mr McCormack said.

“As a regional member for Parliament, I know first-hand how road crashes causing death and injury affect smaller communities.

“By specifically targeting road locations with a history of crashes for safety upgrades such as lighting, signage, traffic lights and roundabouts, the Black Spot Program reduces crashes causing injury and death at those sites by around 30 per cent.”

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said the 33 Black Spot projects across Western Australia would make an important contribution towards reducing serious injuries and deaths on WA roads.

“The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics has found, on average, Black Spot projects reduce the number of crashes causing death and injury by 30 per cent,” Mr Buchholz said.

“Nationwide, the Australian Government has committed $1.05 billion to the Black Spot Program from 2013-14 to 2022-23 to improve road safety across the nation.”

“Our Government is committed to building better, safer roads in partnership with the State and Local Governments, to get you home sooner and safer.

“But, safer roads are only one component of improving our road toll. Road safety is everyone’s responsibility,” Mr Buchholz said.