State's most dangerous roads to improve with $223 million WA infrastructure jobs plan

Jul 01, 2020

By Patrick James

Thousands of jobs will be available amid a $223 million joint federal and state government investment in Western Australia's infrastructure sector.

A large portion of the funding will be used towards the Road Safety Improvement Program, aimed at improving some of the state's most dangerous roads, intersections and highways.

WA Premir Mark McGowan.


Areas of high priority are the Great Eastern and Bussell Highways, Exmouth Road and Toodyay Road.

Improving Thomas Road, a busy highway used by 19,000 motorists everyday, is also of great importance to the state government.

WA Premier Mark McGowan said $100 million would be invested in the state's roads over the next year.

"These works will improve road safety, saving lives and bolstering the resilience of the state's road networks, which is absolutely critical for our regional roads," he said.

"The package will immediately help support economic activity and WA jobs, and is another sign of the State and Commonwealth Governments working collaboratively in the interests of Western Australians.

"These (projects) are going to create thousands of jobs just as we need them."

Regional areas will also benefit through the widening, sealing or install of line markings in an attempt to reduce run-off-road crashes.

The package is primarily funded by the Commonwealth, with an investment of $176 million, partly funded with an input of $47 million from the WA government.

Federal Finance Minister Cormann said the projects would help to get West Australians home sooner and more safely while also generating thousands of jobs.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the investment will help reinvigorate Perth in the post-virus economy.

"Overall this package is estimated to support more than 1,000 jobs during construction, which is absolutely fantastic news for locals and communities across the state," he said.

The post about “State's most dangerous roads to improve with $223 million WA infrastructure jobs plan" first appeared on the WA Today website.


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