Roads and bridges program gets $35m injection


WA injects $35 million into Safer Roads and Bridges Program to reduce risks on the state’s highways and main roads

August 2, 2011

The West Australian Government will inject $35 million into its Safer Roads and Bridges Program this financial year to reduce risks on the state’s highways and main roads.

Transport Minister Troy Buswell says $32 million will be spent on reducing the incidence and consequences of single vehicle run-off crashes and crashes at major intersections. The government will use $3 million on planning and preconstruction activities for bridges.

Buswell says the program delivers funding for safety improvements such as sealed shoulders, audible lines, additional passing lanes and wider routes.

"In recent years, this program has been important in enabling improvements on regional road links such as the Brookton, Muirs, Bussell and South Western highways," he says.

The $35 million spend will be invested in 31 projects, including upgrades to the Muirs, Coalfields, Bussell and South Western highways.

Funds will also be spent widening the North West Coastal highway, with $1 million going toward widening and sealing shoulders along 14km of the Great Eastern Highway. Another $1 million will be spent on Perth’s main roads and urban highways.


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