Glen Iris set7 for lat­est round­about

South Western Times - - News - Kate Field­ing

A new round­about on South Western High­way in Glen Iris is among sev­eral projects for the re­gion in a State Gov­ern­ment cash boost fo­cused on road safety.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti was in Bun­bury yes­ter­day to an­nounce a raft of road safety ini­tia­tives as part of a $28.4 mil­lion WA Safer Roads Pro­gram.

The 24 re­gional projects in­clude $300,000 for a round­about at the South Western High­way and Vit­to­ria Road in­ter­sec­tion, the same amount for up­grades at Ray­mond Road be­tween Aus­tralind and Roe­lands and more than $800,000 across other parts of the high­way.

The pro­gram also in­cludes $5.8 mil­lion to ex­tend Bus­sell High­way’s dual car­riage­way and con­struct a round­about at Fair­way Drive in Bus­sel­ton.

Bun­bury MLA Don Punch said the fi­nan­cial com­mit­ment re­sponded to the con­cerns raised by the com­mu­nity.

“The Min­is­ter an­nounced fund­ing for plan­ning works to up­grade the in­ter­sec­tion of Vit­to­ria Road and South West High­way, which will start ad­dress­ing a key con­cern about the road net­work for peo­ple liv­ing in Glen Iris and to the north of Bun­bury,” Mr Punch said.

“This an­nounce­ment comes hot on the heels of the Min­is­ter’s com­mit­ment to con­duct a safety au­dit of Bus­sell High­way be­tween Robert­son Drive and Hare­woods Road, a pri­or­ity for peo­ple liv­ing in Col­lege Grove, Da­lyellup and other sub­urbs to the south of Bun­bury.

“In both in­stances the Min­is­ter has re­sponded quickly and de­ci­sively to is­sues raised with me by mem­bers of our com­mu­nity and I thank her for lis­ten­ing to the Bun­bury com­mu­nity.”

“I am re­ally pleased the con­cerns of Bun­bury peo­ple are be­ing heard, taken se­ri­ously and ad­dressed.”

Ms Saf­fi­oti said the ini­tia­tive would make a “huge” dif­fer­ence.

“While many of us will travel on WA roads for our en­tire lives with­out be­ing in­volved in a se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent, the sad fact of ve­hi­cle travel is that it comes with an in­her­ent risk,” she said.

“Sim­ple things like widen­ing or re­align­ing a prob­lem stretch of road can make a huge dif­fer­ence.”

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