Black spot road in Nyabing set to receive an upgrade in a bid to reduce accidents in the Great Southern

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Federal member for O’Connor Rick Wilson.
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A dangerous section of road in Nyabing will be upgraded through the Federal Government’s Black Spot Prog-ram.

Last week, O’Connor MP Rick Wilson announced funding had been secured for black spots in Nyabing and Denmark during a tragic year on Great Southern roads.

Mr Wilson said $60,250 would be allocated towards upgrading a 100m section of Kuringup Road in Nyabing, just over half a kilometre east of Bin Road.

“Along that section of road, culverts and headwalls in the floodway will be widened, pavement marking will be installed and delineated, and approaches will be widened and sealed,” Mr Wilson said.

“Road crashes place major emotional and economic strains on all affected communities, but particularly the families and friends of the victims.”

Denmark has secured $37,375 for “reconfiguring and delineating” the intersection of Lights Road and Lights Road West at Ocean Beach.

The money will also be used to seal the western approach, extend the culvert and install signs at the intersection for drivers.

Mr Wilson, the chairman of the WA Black Spot Consultative Panel, said neither of these projects would have been possible without community input.

“I encourage all residents and motorists in the Great Southern to nominate projects for future funding rounds,” he said.

The Great Southern road upgrades were included in the latest round of the Black Spot Program, with $14.74 million shared between 34 WA projects.

“By specifically targeting road locations with a history or risk of crashes for safety upgrades such as lighting, signage, traffic lights and roundabouts, the Black Spot Program reduces crashes causing injury and death at those sites by around 30 per cent,” Federal Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Minister Barnaby Joyce said.

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