Hon Judi Moylan

Moylan announces $970,000 for Great Northern and Great Eastern Highways

The Member for Pearce, Judi Moylan, today announced four highway safety improvements for the Great Eastern and Great Northern highways in the Pearce electorate worth $970,000. The latest Australian Government funding is in addition to its funding for major construction projects on the interstate highway network. Overall, Western Australia is receiving $4.1 million for the 2004-05 Safety and Urgent Minor Works Programme. The programme targets known crash sites, or areas where an audit has identified a safety issue that can be rectified with relatively cost-effective solutions. “It supports the National Road Safety Strategy objective to achieve a 40 per cent reduction in the number of road fatalities per 100,000 population by 2010,” Ms Moylan said. “The rate is now the lowest since record keeping commenced in 1925, but the aim is to save about 3600 lives over the next 10 years.” Mrs Moylan said the projects in her electorate were: Great Eastern Highway • A wider intersection with De Castilla Road, between Bakers Hill and Clackline, 73 km east of Perth to allow for safe turning. Culverts will be improved at the same time as this $270,000 project proceeds from March 2005; • Improved highway access to Wundowie via Hawke Avenue at Woorooloo. Curves and dips in the highway will be eliminated and protected turn lanes provided. This project will cost $200,000, with work starting in April 2005. Great Northern Highway • A new bridge will be built over the Ki-it Brook, south of Bullsbrook Road. The old timber bridge is at the end of its economic life. The project will take three months to complete, starting January 2005. (Cost: $350,000). • Abutment repairs to the highway bridge over the Swan River, south of West Swan Road at Upper Swan. The abutments are in poor condition and could collapse if not repaired. This work will proceed in January 2005 also. (Cost: $150,000). “In addition to these works, the Australian Government will also contribute to the cost of kerbing and drainage improvements through Bullsbrook. This should prevent water pooling beside the road, which can weaken the edges and allow them to break off under the pressure of bumping tyres,” Ms Moylan said. - ends -

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