More funding allocated for Toodyay Rd safety improvements


Michelle Roberts and Jess Shaw at the accident blackspot. Picture: Supplied
Michelle Roberts and Jess Shaw at the accident blackspot. Picture: Supplied

SAFETY improvements to a notorious section of Toodyay Road are expected to get underway before the end of the year.

Between 2012 and 2016, 10 people lost their lives and 39 were seriously injured in crashes on Toodyay Road.

Police and Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts said $17.2 million from the Road Trauma Trust Account (RTTA) would contribute towards the road widening and intersection upgrade.

The latest windfall takes the total allocation of RTTA money spent on safety improvements and upgrades on Toodyay Road to $33.64 million.

Speed and red light camera infringements fund the road trauma account created to improve accident blackspots across the state.

Improvements centre on widening a 27 km stretch of the road to include an 11m sealed surface and shoulders, along with construction and realignment of overtaking lanes.

There will be a bridge replacement at Jimperding Brook and improvements at the Toodyay Road and Stoneville/Reen roads intersections.

Safety modifications at the Toodyay Road and Roland/O’Brien roads intersections are also part of the project.

Mrs Roberts visited Toodyay Road on Wednesday ahead of the Queen’s Birthday long weekend and school holidays.

“This is a stretch of road which has a tragic history, but these upgrades should go a long way to helping create a safer road environment and save lives,” she said.

Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw said she pushed hard for safety upgrades to Toodyay Road.

“I use the road every day and am so pleased the McGowan Government has listened and taken immediate action,” she said.

“Safety on Toodyay Road has been one of the biggest concerns raised by Hills residents, so they will be pleased to hear funding has been made available for further improvements.”

Mrs Roberts reminded drivers that from midnight Thursday, double demerit points applied for speeding, red light, seatbelt, drink and drug driving and mobile phone offences.

“I urge all drivers to plan their journeys this long weekend and across the school holidays, slow down and help us save lives on WA roads.”

Double demerit points are effective from midnight Thursday, September 21 to midnight Monday, September 25.

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