Funds to make high­way safer

Great Southern Herald - - News - Shan­non Smith

The Great South­ern will re­ceive $2.6 mil­lion to im­prove road safety on Al­bany High­way be­tween Ko­jonup and Bal­garup Road.

The fund­ing is part of the Re­gional Run-Off Road Crashes pro­gram which tar­gets high-pri­or­ity roads and the Great South­ern lo­ca­tion is one of 19 across the State.

The project will in­clude widen­ing shoul­ders, im­prov­ing in­ter­sec­tions and in­stalling audi­ble edge lin­ing.

Road Safety Min­is­ter Michelle Roberts said the fund­ing would make re­gional roads safer

“Fund­ing for the re­gional run-off pro­gram is de­rived from the Road Trauma Trust Ac­count, and rep­re­sents the rev­enue from speed and red light cam­eras,” she said.

“This is Road Trauma Trust Ac­count fund­ing be­ing used for what it was in­tended for — re­duc­ing tragedy on our roads by in­vest­ing in safety so­lu­tions in ar­eas of higher risk.”

South Coast High­way be­tween Al­bany and Wil­lyung is an­other Great South­ern lo­ca­tion to be in­cluded in the 2018-2019 fund­ing.

Other prom­i­nent ar­eas are the Pin­jarra Wil­liams Road in the South West and Great East­ern High­way west of Kal­go­or­lie in the Gold­fields.

The Re­gional Run-Off Road Crashes pro­gram is part of a $77.79 mil­lion com­mit­ment cov­er­ing four pro­grams, which in­clude the Safer Roads pro­gram, the State Black Spots pro­gram and the Ur­ban In­ter­sec­tion Crashes pro­gram.

Al­bany High­way, near Ko­jonup, will be up­graded to make it safer.

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