Safety up­grades for In­dian Ocean Drive


Wanneroo Times - - Front Page - Com­mu­ni­ Lucy Jarvis

IN­DIAN Ocean Drive will get more pass­ing lanes, with the Fed­eral and State gov­ern­ments an­nounc­ing $7 mil­lion for safety up­grades on Sat­ur­day.

The gov­ern­ments have fast tracked fund­ing for four ex­tra pass­ing lanes – two north­bound and two south­bound – be­tween the Ledge Point and Seabird turn-offs.

Con­struc­tion of the first two pass­ing lanes lo­cated ei­ther side of the Ledge Point in­ter­sec­tion will be com­pleted by mid-2018, while the re­main­ing pair about eight 8km far­ther south will be built in 2018-19.

“With the tragedies that have oc­curred on In­dian Ocean Drive this year, we are fast-track­ing $7 mil­lion of fund­ing to build new pass­ing lanes be­tween Two Rocks and Lancelin as quickly as pos­si­ble,” Fed­eral In­fra­struc­ture and Trans­port Min­is­ter Dar­ren Ch­ester said.

“In the five years to De­cem­ber 2016, this stretch saw 137 crashes.

“While we con­tinue to work out the fi­nal sched­ule of projects un­der this $44.2 mil­lion al­lo­ca­tion with the WA Gov­ern­ment, it is clear we need to make im­prove­ments to this road as soon as pos­si­ble.”

WA Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said the fund­ing fol­lowed a se­ries of fa­tal­i­ties along the scenic route and Main Roads had se­cured State Black Spot fund­ing to in­stall au­di­ble edge lines for 30km south of Seabird, with com­ple­tion ex­pected in 2018.

“Th­ese crashes are enor­mous tragedies,” she said, ad­ding that she made it a pri­or­ity to se­cure fed­eral fund­ing and fi­nalise fur­ther safety op­tions.

The sec­tion of In­dian Ocean Drive be­tween Two Rocks and Lancelin is more than 50km long and it car­ries the most traf­fic be­tween 2500 and 4700 ve­hi­cles a day.

The ad­vance fund­ing forms part of the $44.2 mil­lion com­mit­ted by the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment in the 2017–18 Bud­get for re­gional projects to im­prove road safety across WA.

The State Gov­ern­ment has also pledged to com­mit a fur­ther $11 mil­lion to­wards th­ese re­gional projects.

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