Esperance road funding upgrades for Padbury and Leake Streets

The Padbury Street and Leake Street intersection. Photo: Jake Dietsch.
The Padbury Street and Leake Street intersection. Photo: Jake Dietsch.

Local roads have received a boost following an injection of state and shire funding. 

Padbury Street/Leake Street were allocated $43,680 of state funding under the Black Spot Program.

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A Main Roads spokeswoman said crash data suggested some drivers on Leake Street were failing to appreciate the presence of the intersection and the Give Way control, and were approaching at an inappropriate speed.

“Both Leake and Padbury Streets have long straight approaches, which is generally conducive to higher operating speeds,” she said.

“The east approach of Leake Street also has a crest.”

Main Roads confirmed works would begin in mid-February 2019 and included construction of median islands on both approaches of Leake Street, installing required signage and pavement markings. 

The project is expected to be completed in March 2019.

The total project cost was around $65,000, with the Esperance Shire contributing $21,840 or around a third of the cost.

Transport Minister Rita Saffiot said the Black Spot Program was delivering real safety benefits to road users. 

“The State provides two-thirds of the funds for safety improvement projects on local roads with local governments funding the remaining one third,” she said.

“Since its inception in 2000, it has delivered $450 million in specific safety initiatives on the WA road network for drivers, motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians.”