Wanneroo Council seeks funding for crash hot spots

An acceleration lane is proposed at the Marmion Avenue-Santa Barbara Parade junction.
An acceleration lane is proposed at the Marmion Avenue-Santa Barbara Parade junction.

FUNDING bids will seek to improve road safety at several northern suburbs crash hot spots.

The City of Wanneroo will seek up to $1.89 million in State and Federal black spot funding for four road projects to improve safety.

One of the projects, expected to cost $900,000, would involve upgrades at the Mirrabooka Avenue-Rawlinson Drive roundabout in Alexander Heights.

Main Roads crash data for the site indicated there had been 14 crashes there in five years, including three that resulted in casualties and 11 causing property damage.

Councillor Domenic Zappa said the project would improve pedestrian and driver safety at the site, which was near a retirement village.

Another project would involve a $500,000 upgrade on Caporn Street in Wanneroo, where there were 29 crashes in five years, including eight that resulted in casualties.

A $349,000 project in Quinns Rocks would provide an acceleration lane on Marmion Avenue for southbound traffic that turns right off Santa Barbara Parade.

The report said there had been 34 crashes there in five years, including nine that resulted in casualties and a high number associated to right turns.

The fourth project, expected to cost $200,000, would upgrade the Kingsbridge Boulevard-Camborne Parkway-Shelford Boulevard intersection in Butler.

Statistics showed there had been nine crashes at the site, two resulting in casualties.

If the grant applications were successful, the State Government could cover two thirds of the cost.

Alternatively, the Federal Government black spot program could cover the full costs, except for the Butler project which would not be eligible for federal funding.

Regional Roads funding sought for upgrades

The City is also seeking $5.1 million in grants through the Metropolitan Regional Roads Program for 2020-21 for road improvements and rehabilitation works.

The requests to Main Roads include $3 million towards a $4.5 million project to widen Hartman Drive in Darch and Madeley to a four-lane dual carriageway.

The City is also seeking $450,000 for a $675,000 project to realign the Caporn Street-Franklin Road-Rousset Road intersection in Mariginiup.
Rehabilitation grant applications to resurface roads related to projects on Joondalup Drive and four sections of Beach Road.