- $4.4 million upgrade to Hosken Street-North West Coastal Highway junction near Bluff Point in Geraldton now open
- New four-leg roundabout replaces T-junction and includes shared path upgrade
- Upgrade makes intersection safer for pedestrians, cyclists and 12,500 motorists a day
A busy intersection near Geraldton's Bluff Point is now safer following the completion of a $4.4 million roundabout and shared path upgrade at the Hosken Street-North West Coastal Highway junction.
The new four-leg roundabout replaces a T-junction at Hosken Street, providing access to Spalding via Horan Street. There are also separate left-turn lanes on Horan Street, Hosken Street and North West Coastal Highway northbound.
Pedestrian facilities have also been improved with the installation of an upgraded shared path network.
About 12,500 vehicles pass through the Hosken Street intersection on North West Coastal Highway every day, 10 per cent of which are heavy vehicles.
Main Roads Western Australia will monitor traffic flows through the new roundabout and consider the implementation of metred traffic signals on the Hosken Street leg as required.
Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
"This project has significantly improved safety and efficiency at the intersection.
"It also aligns with Main Roads' ultimate plan for a dual carriageway on North West Coastal Highway in this location, and provides for heavy and oversized vehicles."
Comments attributed to Agricultural Region MLC Darren West:
"I would like to acknowledge the support of the City of Greater Geraldton who helped substantially with traffic management in this area, and the local residents who allowed the full closure of Hosken Street for the completion of works.
"It is reassuring to see that this project - which I have advocated for since a child was injured here in 2014 - is now complete, and will substantially increase the safety of pedestrians and motorists alike for the long term."
Comments attributed to Agricultural Region MLC Laurie Graham:
"The addition of the fourth leg to Horan Street will facilitate an urban renewal program in Spalding, which is being planned by the Department of Communities.
"Community involvement was key to the development of this road project, and they have also played a key role in the future growth of their area."
Minister's office - 6552 5500