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Black Spot funding to drive increased safety for local road users

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale has secured nearly three quarters of a million dollars to improve the condition of two local roads and enhance safety for all road users...

11 April 2018
Andre Schonfeldt Cr Michelle Rich and Andrew Hastie on Kingsbury Drive

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale has secured nearly three quarters of a million dollars to improve the condition of two local roads and enhance safety for all road users.

Announced as part of the Federal Government’s 2018-19 Black Spot Program, the Shire will receive $375,000 for works along Karnup Road between Walker Road and Hopeland Road in Hopeland.

A further $361,000 will fund improvements to Kingsbury Drive between South Western Highway and Myara Road in Keysbrook.

Along each road, funding will be used to remove roadside hazards, improve signage and markings, and seal roadside shoulders.

Shire President Cr Michelle Rich said 14 crashes had been reported along Karnup Road and Kingsbury Drive in the five years to December 2017, prompting the Shire to take action.

“Both roads have experienced a number of serious crashes and, sadly, three lives have been lost to motor accidents in the last five years,” Cr Rich said.

“That number is unacceptably high and the Shire has been very vocal in expressing our concerns to government.

“We’re delighted the Federal Government has recognised the importance of these two local projects which will help make both roads safer for all motorists.”

Cr Rich said increased signage and the widening of roadside shoulders were vital to preventing future accidents.

“The reported accidents along both roads were mainly due to narrowness of each carriageway,” she said.

“The planned improvements will ensure drivers are more aware of the roadside and of sharp bends, which will dramatically improve safety.”

Upgrades to Karnup Road and Kingsbury Drive were among 144 projects across Western Australia, Queensland and New South Wales to share in $32.9 million under the 2018-19 Black Spot Program.

Photo caption L:R Acting CEO Andre Schonfeldt, Shire President Cr Michelle Rich, Federal Member for Canning Andrew Hastie.