Roads to get safety upgrades

Sophia ConstantineNorth West Telegraph
The intersection of Lukis and McGregor.
Camera IconThe intersection of Lukis and McGregor.

A Port Hedland intersection will get a $152,000 upgrade as part of an initiative to improve the safety of motorists on WA roads.

Upgrades will be made to the intersection of McGregor and Lukis streets in Port Hedland and improvements will be made to street lighting, drainage and delineation, realignment of the footpath, and the removal of vegetation and roadside hazards from the clear zone.

Other areas that have received funding for safety upgrades include the Murdoch Drive and Brolga Way intersection and the Murdoch Drive and Masters Way intersection, both in South Hedland.

The Black Spot Programme is designed to improve roads proven to have a history of crashes.

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Town of Port Hedland Mayor Camilo Blanco said the authority put forward funding applications to the Federal and State governments each year to request the blackspot funding.

“We are extremely happy with this outcome and look forward to upgrading this intersection to enhance community safety,” he said.

“The safety of our community is always the number one priority for the Town, and funding from State and Federal government has given us the chance to improve by upgrading these dangerous areas of road.”

South Hedland Senior Sergeant Dean Snashall said police had attended six crashes on McGregor Street in the past three years.

He said anything that improved road safety was welcomed.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said previous blackspot projects had reduced fatalities and injury crashes by an average of 30 per cent.

“The Australian Government knows the difference safer roads make in the community and, by improving these blackspot roads over the next 12 months, everyone will benefit,” he said.

Western Australian Black Spot chairman Dean Smith confirmed $6.68 million would be injected into the State under the Black Spot Programme’s 2017-18 funding round.

“The 34 blackspot projects will make a significant contribution to improving road safety in Western Australia, with five fatal and 249 injury crashes recorded at these sites,” he said.

The funding is in addition to the $44.2 million announced in the Federal Budget towards regional road projects to improve safety.

Mr Blanco said the Town was always assessing the intersections.

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