Black Spot funding announced for Great Southern region

  • Black Spot funding of more than $400,000 allocated to improve local roads in the Great Southern region
  • Since the Black Spot program’s creation in 2000 it has delivered almost half a billion dollars in safety initiatives on the WA road network
  • 2019-20 State Budget included $2 billion to upgrade and build regional roads
  • McGowan Government is delivering for regional Western Australia
  • Premier Mark McGowan joined Albany MLA Peter Watson and City of Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington today to announce more than $400,000 to upgrade roads under the State Black Spot Program.

    Planned upgrades in the region include:

    • Improved delineation at the intersection of Newdegate-Pingrup Road, Jolley Road, Tranter Road and Newdegate Spur Road in the Shire of Kent, installation of street lighting, signs and line marking;
    • Realignment of Stirling Terrace on the approach to Spencer Street in the City of Albany, including extending the median, modifying the footpath and the installation of a pedestrian refuge island;
    • Intersection upgrades for South Coast Highway and Belmore Road and South Coast Highway and Stanley Road in the City of Albany;
    • Widening of St Emilie Way and modification of the bus bay on St Emilie Way in the City of Albany; and
    • Sealing of Ficifolia Road, at the intersection of Peaceful Bay Road in the Shire of Denmark.

    Since the inception of the Black Spot program in 2000, it has delivered almost a half a billion dollars in specific safety initiatives on the Western Australian road network for drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians.

    The program is jointly funded by the State Government and local governments.

    Today’s announcement reinforces the State Government’s commitment to improving road safety, efficiency and access across regional Western Australia.

    As stated by Premier Mark McGowan:

    “The State Black Spot Program has been providing safer, more efficient roads across Western Australia’s regions for almost 20 years.

    “My Government is committed to investing in road projects that create local jobs and significantly improve safety on our regional road network for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians alike.”

    As stated by Albany MLA Peter Watson:

    “I welcome the upgrades for Albany roads which will increase road safety for all road users and create local jobs.

    “Black Spot funding is an important program that shows how well State and local government can work together to identify and fix regional roads.”

    As stated by City of Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington:

    “This initiative will ensure Albany’s roads are safer for everyone. Road safety is one of our top priorities so we’re incredibly supportive of the Black Spot program as it helps to reduce the road toll and increase safety on our roads.

    “The City of Albany is grateful to the State Government’s ongoing investment in the Black Spot program and look forward to increased safety across our Albany roads.”