South Coast Highway from Jerdacuttup to Cheynes is one of Western Australia's worst roads

South Coast Highway. Photo: Caitlyn Rintoul.
South Coast Highway. Photo: Caitlyn Rintoul.

The RAC has named the South Coast Highway from Jerdacuttup to Cheynes one of Western Australia’s riskiest roads. 

The results of the RAC Risky Roads survey were released on Wednesday with more than 6000 nominations received from the public. 

The South Coast Highway was noted as the tenth riskiest road because the edges of the road were crumbling and there was a lack of overtaking opportunities. It was also narrow, in parts.

Denny Avenue in Kelmscott was found to be the riskiest road in WA because it had a confusing intersection layout, an inadequate traffic light system, inadequate crossing or turning opportunities and pedestrian issues.

But the list was dominated by regional roads, including parts of Albany Highway, Great Eastern Highway, Great Southern Highway, Toodyay Road, Indian Ocean Drive, Bussell Highway and Great Northern Highway.

The worst intersections, meanwhile, were mostly in the Perth metropolitan area.

RAC general manager corporate affairs Will Golsby said Western Australia has its worst road toll in eight years in 2016 with 194 deaths. He said something had to be done.

“There is over 187,000 kilometres of road in Western Australia and no one knows it better than the people who drive, ride, cycle or walk on it every day,” Mr Golsby said. 

“The latest Risky Roads results have highlighted the urgent need for all major parties to commit to addressing the community’s concerns by increasing road funding ahead of the March 11 state election. 

“Western Australia has an $845 million road maintenance backlog and also has one of the worst road fatality rates in the country.

“As we head in to a State Election, RAC is calling on the next State Government to address WA’s poor road safety record by reducing the road maintenance backlog by at least 30 per cent over the next four years.” 

Since the 2014 Risky Roads campaign, eight of the top 10 roads and six of the top 10 intersections have had work planned, committed, started or completed.