WA spends big to eliminate black spot

Work will begin in April on a notorious black spot on the Reid Highway in WA

January 27, 2011

The Western Australian Government is spending $30 million on an overpass at the intersection of Reid Highway and Mirrabooka Avenue.

The notorious black spot, which carries about 60,000 vehicles per day, has had 400 crashes in the past decade, with four people killed and 38 seriously injured.

Work on the overpass will begin in April and be completed by the end of this year.

WA Transport Minister Troy Buswell says the number of vehicles travelling at the intersection will increase by 25,000 in the next five years.

"This is a long-awaited and long-overdue project that will greatly enhance safety for all road users and improve traffic efficiency on roads in this area," Buswell says.

"The intersection is currently controlled by two separate sets of traffic signals and is ranked as the state’s fourth-worst for crashes in the metropolitan area."

The new interchange will be diamond-shaped with a two-lane carriageway in each direction on Reid Highway and four lanes on Mirrabooka Avenue.

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