WA’s riskiest intersection starts $370,000 upgrade

The intersection of Great Northern Highway at Swan Christian College was voted Western Australia’s riskiest intersection by an RAC survey.

The state government has now committed $370,000 in funding for intersection upgrades.

More than 23,000 vehicles use the intersection daily, including 23 per cent of heavy vehicles and over the past five years the intersection has seen 11 crashes.

Modifications to the intersection will include upgrades to the turning pockets on the Great Northern Highway, new pedestrian ramps and footpaths to improve safety for 1500 students, widening of the southern access road to the college and the installation of a island to better indicate right of way for entering vehicles.

Other upgrades will include the widening of the northern access road with improved line marking and signage, a re-design of the existing median on the Great Northern Highway and the further installation of new line marking and signage.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the upgrades will improve safety for the students that attend the College and improve traffic flow.

“The upgrades are expected to be completed before the end of the year and will make a big difference for students and drivers alike,” she said.

Works will be undertaken during the September-October school holidays to reduce impact on road users and school traffic.

Sign installation and pavement markings will then be undertaken concurrently, during school hours, with works scheduled for completion by the end of October 2019.

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