Wheatbelt Black Spots to be addressed with $600,000 funding

A Wheatbelt road is set to receive more than $600,000 in repairs after being been identified as one of 10 dangerous sites in the state.

The Federal Government, last week, named Latham Road in Narembeen as a recipient of Black Spot Program funding, to be conducted over the next 12-months.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack last week announced an additional $6.13 million for the state under the 2019-20 funding round.

"This major investment is part of the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government's commitment to building safer roads right across the nation," Mr McCormack said.

"The Black Spot Program provides funding for the provision of safety measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at road locations where a number of serious crashes are known to have occurred."

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said this investment in Black Spot projects would deliver safer roads in local government areas throughout the state.

"The total 34 Black Spot projects being funded across Western Australia in 2019-20 will make an important contribution towards reducing the total annual number of serious injuries and deaths caused by road crashes," Mr Buchholz said.

"The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government's Local and State Government Road Safety Package announced in the 2019-20 Budget is focused on improving local roads, especially on local country roads where there is a disproportionate number of deaths and serious accidents."

A project to improve the intersection of Lathsam Road at Currall Street in Narembeen was awarded $312,896.

The project involves improving intersection geometry, widening Latham Road through the intersection, removing trees and rationalising the adjacent intersection and driveways to reduce conflict points.

The intersection of Latham Road and Longhurst Street in Narembeen has also been awarded the same amount to realign the and widen the T-intersection and upgrade signs.

Member for Durack Melissa Price said the community's input was critical to identifying key black spots in the electorate.

"Road crashes place major emotional and economic strains on all affected communities but particularly the families and friends of the victims," Ms Price said.

"I am pleased to see that projects such as two black spots in the Wheatbelt town of Narembeen to realign a town road and to improve the safety of an intersection delivered under the 2019-20 funding round, has received $625 000.

"In the North, $253 000 has been granted to the Derby Shire to upgrade an intersection.

"None of these projects would be delivered without the community's vital input and I encourage all residents and motorists in the region to nominate projects for future funding rounds."

For more information on the Australian Government's Black Spot Program, or to nominate a black spot, visit http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots.