Esperance roads, Reserve Projects for Black Spot program funding identified

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Three roads in the Esperance Shire have been listed as Reserve Projects for state government funding under the Black Spot program.

Projects that met the criteria but were not successful for Black Spot funding due to insufficient funding are reserved.

These projects can receive funding as a result of other approved projects being cancelled or withdrawn.

The intersection of Swan Road and Burnside Road, the intersection of Quast Road and Fagan Road and the intersection of Kendall Road and Lieback Road have been listed as Reserve Projects.

The Black Spot program is a joint state and local government initiative where the state provides two thirds of the funds for safety improvement projects on local roads and local governments fund the remaining third.

The state would commit $29,333 to each of the three intersections under the reserved proposal. 

Esperance Shire chief executive officer Matthew Scott said audits found intersection safety could be improved.

“These projects were identified in previous Road Safety Audits, all three intersections are cross roads, with the proposal to stagger these intersections to improve road safety,” he said.

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

“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,” she said.

“It aims to further improve road safety across the state, thereby reducing the significant trauma and suffering of crash victims and their loved ones.

“The program targets sites with a proven crash history or those with a high risk.”