Black spot whistle stop
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.