Black spot funding to improve road safety in northern suburbs

Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton with Beldon Residents Association president Michael Pullen.
Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton with Beldon Residents Association president Michael Pullen.

A RESIDENTS group has welcomed a funding announcement for black spot road projects.

To improve safety for motorists and pedestrians, the State Government has allocated black spot funding for several upgrade projects in the cities of Joondalup and Wanneroo in the 2019-20 Budget.

The first stage of upgrades at Ocean Reef Road-Eddystone Avenue received $30,000, with the remainder of $230,000 in State funds to be provided in future years.

“This intersection is unsafe for all drivers, visitors and local residents,” Beldon Residents Association president Michael Pullen said.

“Beldon Residents Association are glad that the black spot that funding for a study into the intersection is now being made available by our (State) Member and the State and remedial works will be funded in the future.”

Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton said the project to extend the right-turning pocket on Eddystone, install skid resistance and upgrade lighting would improve safety at the Beldon intersection.

“Making improvements to roads that we know to have crash history such as Eddystone Avenue and Ocean Reef Road is so important to ensuring road users in our area get home safely to their families each day,” she said.

There was also an $800,000 allocation to install a roundabout at the Hepburn Avenue-Highclere Boulevard junction.

Another $340,000 will go towards installing pre-deflection and kerbing on Joondalup Drive approaching the roundabout at Tumbleweed Drive and Joseph Banks Boulevard.

There is $83,333 to install a seagull island and extend the right turn slip lane on Beach Road at the Blackmore Avenue junction.

A $70,000 allocation will go towards extending the left turn lane and installing skid resistant treatment at the Hepburn Avenue-Cockman Road junction.

There is $9000 to upgrade the Hepburn Avenue-Mitchell Freeway South on-ramp junction, with later funds to bring the State contribution to $133,334.

The final $24,000 was allocated for upgrades at the Gnangara Road-Alexander Drive intersection, with the State contributing a total of $120,000.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti announced last month Aug $25.78 million had been allocated through the 2019-20 State Black Spot Program to upgrade some of WA’s worst roads at 117 locations.

The State Government contributed $20.78 million to the program, with the remaining $5 million provided by local governments.

“The program aims to further improve road safety across the State, reducing the significant trauma and suffering of crash victims and their loved ones by targeting sites with a proven crash history or those with a high risk,” Ms Saffioti said.

Crash concerns prompt call for black spot funding