The intersection of Great Northern Highway and Swan Christian College access roads – voted Western Australia’s worst in the 2018-19 RAC Risky Roads survey – will soon be upgraded.
A funding boost of $250,000 has been allocated towards improving existing infrastructure on Great Northern Highway to boost safety and traffic flow.
Main Roads analysis shows a one way in, one way out system will improve traffic flow and safety during the busy school morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up periods.
Works to enable the new system will involve turning pocket modifications, new pedestrian ramps and footpaths, a redesign of the existing median and installation of new line marking and signage.
The modifications will reduce the risk of vehicle conflicts, while improving safety for more than 1,500 students and their families attending the college. Students will also have improved pedestrian facilities at the two college access points across the highway.
This section of Great Northern Highway is used by 23,000 vehicles per day, of which 23.5 per cent are heavy vehicles. In the past five years, there have been 11 crashes on the small section of Great Northern Highway near the college.
The modifications will start after winter 2019 once final designs have been confirmed and agreed to by the college, and will take several weeks to complete.
As stated by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
“I know that this has been a longstanding issue for staff and students at the college, and I’m pleased we are able to deliver these necessary improvements.
“I thank the Swan Christian College for their ongoing commitment to this important road improvement, and look forward to working with them as the project moves forward.
“The modifications planned for the college’s entry and exit points will provide better access on both sides of busy Great Northern Highway.
“The main southern access road will be widened to allow for two vehicles to enter and one to exit, while the northern access, an exit only road, will be widened slightly with improved line marking and signage.
“I am proud that the McGowan Government has got to work on either planning or building many of the roads outlined in the RAC’s Risky Roads surveys.”