Our worst in­ter­sec­tions

ROAD TOLL CLIMBS AS RISKY ROADS NAMED

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page - Michele Nu­gent

AS the State’s road toll con­tin­ues to soar and the hol­i­day sea­son looms, mo­torists have in­den­ti­fied sev­eral lo­cal roads and in­ter­sec­tions as risky in a RACWA sur­vey.

Eight roads in Bel­mont, Vic­to­ria Park and South Perth have been iden­ti­fied as risky as part of the cam­paign which RAC cor­po­rate af­fairs man­ager Will Golsby said had high­lighted the ur­gent need for the State Govern­ment’s mid-year re­view to de­liver an in­crease in met­ro­pol­i­tan road fund­ing.

Last week Trans­port Min­is­ter Dean Nalder said while the Govern­ment was road main­te­nance which was iden­ti­fied in 2009 by the Au­di­tor Gen­eral and es­ti­mated to be $800 mil­lion,” Mr Golsby said.

Mr Nalder said lo­cal govern­ment fund­ing over the next three years would be in ac­cor­dance with the pro­jected al­lo­ca­tions agreed to un­der the five-year State Road Funds to Lo­cal Govern­ment Agree­ment.

“His­tor­i­cally, lo­cal govern­ment has had dif­fi­culty spend­ing the an­nual al­lo­ca­tion pro­vided un­der the agree­ment,” Mr Nalder said.

“It should also be noted that lo­cal govern­ment is ben­e­fit­ing from in­creased Fed­eral fund­ing al­lo­ca­tions. This in­crease is of a sim­i­lar mag­ni­tude.”

But he said the level of main­te­nance fund­ing to be al­lo­cated in com­ing years would be dealt with in the mid-year re­view.

The sur­vey re­sults come on the heels of a WA Lo­cal Govern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion’s re­port that found the vast ma­jor­ity of fa­tal or se­ri­ous crashes hap­pened on coun­cil­con­trolled roads, de­spite them re­ceiv­ing only a small per­cent­age of State Govern­ment fund­ing to main­tain or im­prove them.

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