- $17.2 million for road widening, sealed shoulders and intersection upgrades
Work on a series of new safety upgrades to Toodyay Road is expected to get underway before the end of the year.
Police and Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts today confirmed $17.2 million in funding from the Road Trauma Trust Account had been approved to start the work immediately.
The $17.2 million will go towards:
- Widening a 27 kilometre stretch of Toodyay Road to include an 11 metre sealed surface and sealed shoulders;
- Construction and realignment of overtaking lanes;
- Jimperding Brook realignment and bridge replacement;
- Continuation of improvement works at the Toodyay Road and Stoneville/Reen roads intersections; and
- Safety modifications at the Toodyay Road and Roland/O'Brien roads intersections.
Between 2012 and 2016, 10 people lost their lives and 39 people were seriously injured in crashes on Toodyay Road.
This latest money takes the total allocation of Road Trauma Trust Account funds spent on safety improvements and upgrades on Toodyay Road to $33.64 million.
Mrs Roberts today visited Toodyay Road ahead of the Queen's Birthday long weekend and school holidays.
Double demerit points come into force at midnight Thursday, September 21, 2017 and will run until midnight Monday, September 25, 2017.
Comments attributed to Police and Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts:
"This is a stretch of road which has a tragic history, but these upgrades should go a long way to helping create a safer road environment and save lives.
"The improvements are being funded through the Road Trauma Trust Account, which collects 100 per cent of its funds from speed and red light camera infringements.
"These are exactly the sorts of projects this fund was set up for - initiatives which improve road safety outcomes and help prevent the types of crashes which cause serious injury or death.
"I also want to take the opportunity to remind drivers that from midnight Thursday, double demerit points will apply for speeding, red light, seatbelt, drink and drug driving and mobile phone offences.
"I urge all drivers to plan their journeys this long weekend and across the school holidays, slow down and help us save lives on WA roads."
Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
"On top of Road Trauma Trust Account funding, the 2017-18 State Budget includes $96 million towards road safety programs in regional WA and an overall 20 per cent increase in regional road funding.
"We're getting on with the job of improving dangerous roads, as demonstrated with Toodyay Road and our recent investment in improving Indian Ocean Drive."
Comments attributed to Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw:
"I have pushed hard for safety upgrades to Toodyay Road.
"I use the road every day and am so pleased the McGowan Government has listened and taken immediate action.
"Safety on Toodyay Road has been one of the biggest concerns raised by Hills residents, so they will be pleased to hear funding has been made available for further improvements."
Police and Road Safety Minister's office - 6552 6900
Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500