Fix com­ing for road black spots

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Jes­sica Nico

TWO dan­ger­ous Cock­burn in­ter­sec­tions will un­dergo im­prove­ment works as part of the 2018-19 State Black Spot Pro­gram.

Un­der the lat­est round of fund­ing, $256,000 has been al­lo­cated for stage 1 of works to the in­ter­sec­tion of Phoenix Road and North Lake Road, which will in­clude ex­tend­ing the left and right turn lanes on North Lake Road, con­struct­ing a sec­ond right­turn lane on Phoenix Road and up­grad­ing street lights.

The City will con­trib­ute $160,000 to the project, with fund­ing for stage 2 ex­pected to be al­lo­cated in the next few years.

Fur­ther up the road, $150,000 has been set aside for safety im­prove­ments at the Stock Road-Phoenix Road in­ter­sec­tion.

City of Cock­burn en­gi­neer­ing and works di­rec­tor Charles Sul­li­van said the fund­ing an­nounce­ment was wel­come.

“While more projects were hoped for, the City un­der­stands that there are se­vere con­straints on State fund­ing at present,” he said.

“Traf­fic and road safety are the num­ber one pri­or­ity for our res­i­dents and $18.5 mil­lion has been al­lo­cated in the 2018-19 bud­get to im­prove move­ment and safety on our roads.”

Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said more than 100 up­grades worth $25m would be car­ried out in the com­ing months.

“The Black Spot Pro­gram is a joint State-lo­cal govern­ment ini­tia­tive and is de­liv­er­ing real safety ben­e­fits to road users,” she said.

“The State pro­vides twothirds of the funds for safety im­prove­ment projects on lo­cal roads, with lo­cal gov­ern­ments fund­ing the re­main­ing one-third.

“It aims to fur­ther im­prove road safety across the state, re­duc­ing the trauma and suf­fer­ing of crash vic­tims and their loved ones.”

In March, the Fed­eral Govern­ment an­nounced a $110,000 up­grade to Cock­burn Cen­tral’s Beel­iar Road-Went­worth Pa­rade in­ter­sec­tion un­der the 2018-19 Aus­tralian Govern­ment Black Spot Pro­gram.

“This work in­volves ex­ten­sion of the ex­ist­ing left-turn lane so that left­turn traf­fic is not ob­structed by the lengthy queue of right-turn traf­fic at the Tin­ter­sec­tion,” Mr Sul­li­van said.

“The street light­ing will be up­graded and the City's con­tri­bu­tion is $36,667.”

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