WA black spot to be upgraded

WA road tol be upgraded after it was found it did not meet safety standards

By Samantha Freestone | March 25, 2010

A 3km stretch of road in Western Australia’s wheat belt is to be upgraded after it was found it did not meet safety standards.

Narrogin-Kondinin Road near Wickepin is being widened to two lanes after making it on the Nation Building Program’s black spot list in March last year.

The infamous strip between Wickepin and Kulin will undergo $600,000 of upgrades to seal and install edge lines with a further $650,000 to widen the carriageway.

Transport Minister Simon O’Brien says the section of road in question is "very narrow and needs to be widened to meet current safety standards."

"The works will involve widening the existing single lane seal to a two-lane, eight-metre wide sealed road," he says.

"Once the work is complete there will be two 3.5 metre lanes plus a 0.5 metre sealed shoulder in each direction, meaning vehicles will not have to veer onto the gravel when facing oncoming traffic, making the journey much safer for everyone using the road.

"As well as the eight-metre wide sealed carriageway, the works will also include the installation of a one-metre wide unsealed shoulder in each direction."
Works will begin on the road in March and are due for completion in May this year.

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