THE busy Guildford Road and King William Street intersection will be upgraded in the 2018-19 financial year, as part of the State Government’s Black Spot Program.
Upgrade works, worth $2 million, include the installation of mast arms, upgraded pedestrian facilities, installation of a right turn lane west approach on Guildford Road and lengthened east approach on Guildford Road.
The intersection is part of 59 locations in the metropolitan area that will be improved under the joint state-local government initiative.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the State Government funded $20 million while local governments had contributed $5 million towards road upgrades.
“It aims to further improve road safety across the State, thereby reducing the significant trauma and suffering of crash victims and their loved ones,” she said.
“The program targets sites with a proven crash history or those with a high risk.”
Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull said the council, community and Maylands MLA Lisa Baker had advocated for the intersection to be made safe.
“As an entry-point to one of the City’s most popular family destinations, Riverside Gardens, and home to a childcare centre, this intersection is a busy spot for families with young children to cross at all times of the day,” he said.
“The upgrades will help to ease congestion and improve safety for both drivers and pedestrians, and go a long way in helping to improve the ‘walkability’ and ‘cyclability’ of our town centre.”