Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning

    Works underway to upgrade ‘WA’s riskiest intersection’

    4/10/2019 6:30 AM
     
    • McGowan Government has allocated $370,000 to improve Great Northern Highway at Swan Christian College
    • Intersection voted Western Australia's worst in the 2018-19 RAC Risky Roads survey
    • Works will improve safety and traffic flow to the intersection and expected to be completed before the end of the year
    • More than 23,000 vehicles use this intersection of Great Northern Highway daily 

    Western Australia's riskiest intersection is set to undergo $370,000 worth of upgrades to improve safety and traffic flow.

     

    The intersection of Great Northern Highway at Swan Christian College was voted WA's riskiest intersection in the 2018-19 RAC Risky Roads survey.

     

    More than 23,000 vehicles use this section of Great Northern Highway daily, 23.5 per cent of which are heavy vehicles.

     

    Over the past five years there have been 11 crashes at the intersection.

     

    The $370,000 package of modifications to the intersection include:

    • modifying the turning pockets on Great Northern Highway;
    • new pedestrian ramps and footpaths, improving safety for more than 1,500 students and their families attending the College;
    • widening of the southern access road to the College and installation of an island to better indicate right of way for entering vehicles;
    • widening of the northern access, an exit only road, with improved line marking and signage;
    • redesign of the existing median on Great Northern Highway; and
    • installation of new line marking and signage.

    Pavement works will be undertaken during the September-October school holidays to reduce the impact on road users and school traffic.

     

    Sign installation and pavement markings will then be undertaken concurrently, during school hours, with works scheduled for completion by the end of October 2019.

     

    Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

     

    "The intersection of Great Northern Highway at Swan Christian College was voted the riskiest intersection in Western Australia in the 2018-19 RAC Risky Roads Survey.

     

    "We have allocated $370,000 to upgrade this intersection which will improve safety for the 1,500 students that attend the College and improve traffic flow.

     

    "More than 23,000 vehicles use this intersection daily, 23.5 per cent of which are heavy vehicles and over the past five years there have been 11 crashes.

     

    "The upgrades are expected to be completed before the end of the year and will make a big difference for students and drivers alike."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 5500