Black spot whis­tle stop

Joondalup Weekender - - News - Lucy Jarvis

PREMIER Mark McGowan vis­ited crash black spots in Tap­ping and Cur­ram­bine dur­ing a north­ern sub­urbs tour last Thurs­day.

Mr McGowan joined Wan­neroo MLA Sabine Win­ton and Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard to in­spect some of the hot spots known for crashes and near-misses on Oc­to­ber 4.

Last month, the State Gov­ern­ment an­nounced projects that would be tar­geted as part of the Black Spot Pro­gram, in­clud­ing $154,667 for the Joon­dalup Drive and Pin­jar Road round­about in Tap­ping.

There was also $146,667 for Wesco Road in Now­er­gup, $40,000 for Break­wa­ter Drive in Two Rocks and $40,000 for the Marmion Av­enue-Moore Drive junc­tion in Cur­ram­bine.

“The Black Spot Pro­gram is vi­tal in en­sur­ing our lo­cal roads we fre­quent can be up­graded to im­prove road safety for ev­ery­one, whether they are driv­ers, mo­tor­cy­clists, cy­clists or pedes­tri­ans,” Mr McGowan said.

Mr Folkard said the north­ern cor­ri­dor was ex­pand­ing rapidly with the many de­vel­op­ment projects and pop­u­la­tion growth.

“It’s es­sen­tial that our lo­cal road net­work can main­tain the an­tic­i­pated growth of the area, help­ing all road users to travel in a safer man­ner,” he said.

The up­grades com­ple­ment other State road de­vel­op­ments in the north­ern cor­ri­dor, in­clud­ing $115 mil­lion for two in­ter­changes along Wan­neroo Road at the in­ter­sec­tions with Joon­dalup Drive and Ocean Reef Road.

The $31m Wan­neroo Road widen­ing project between Joon­dalup Drive and Flynn Drive is near com­ple­tion. Fur­ther north, the State Gov­ern­ment pro­vided $23m to­wards the dual car­riage up­grade of Marmion Av­enue between But­ler and Yanchep.

The planned ex­ten­sion of Mitchell Free­way from Hester Av­enue to Romeo Road will also pro­vide a re­duc­tion in travel times for peo­ple trav­el­ling to the north­ern coastal sub­urbs.

A spokes­woman said the State Gov­ern­ment had re­ceived 50 per cent of fund­ing for the free­way ex­ten­sion from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment and was ad­vo­cat­ing for an 80 per cent Fed­eral con­tri­bu­tion.

“The Romeo Road free­way ex­ten­sion is in its plan­ning phase so a fi­nal cost is not yet con­firmed, but our cur­rent es­ti­mate is about $220m,” she said.

Premier Mark McGowan and Burns Beach MLA Mark Folkard at the Marmion Av­enue-Moore Drive junc­tion.

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