A $5 million State Government project to improve safety and traffic flow along a stretch of Toodyay Road has been completed, with a second $3 million upgrade now underway.
Transport Minister Dean Nalder said Toodyay Road was a crucial east-west connection between Midland and Toodyay, which carried more than 4000 vehicles daily.
“The improvements have been designed to reduce the likelihood of head-on or right-angle crashes, and will allow safer and easier access to roadside homes and other properties,” he said.
Key features included:
n Widening of Toodyay Road to provide right and left-turn lanes on to Noble Falls Road, and safer access into Noble Falls Tavern and adjacent properties.
n Clearing and road realignment to improve sightlines and visibility.
n New guard rails on both sides of Toodyay Road and upgraded street lighting.
Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey said the next stage of the Toodyay Road safety upgrade, from Noble Falls east to Aspen Road, was now underway and expected to be completed by July.
“The $3 million stage 2 project stemmed from the inaugural Wheatbelt Highway Safety Review and was funded by the Road Trauma Trust Account in the 2016-17 State Budget,” she said.
“The project will improve safety by widening and sealing road shoulders, installing safety barriers and upgrading signposts.”
There have been 12 road crashes on Toodyay Road between Noble Falls and Aspen roads in the five years to 2014, including a head-on collision in 2013 which killed a local resident and her two young sons.
The Wheatbelt Highway Safety Review involved experts examining notorious stretches of road and coming up with improvements.