Roads throughout the South West are set to become safer after the Premier announced $3.65 million for the region as part of the 2018-2019 State Black Spot Program last week.
During his South West visit, Mr McGowan met with Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke at the corner of Myalup Road and Forrest Highway, which has been known to be treacherous in recent years.
Ms Clarke said the Harvey Myalup Road was a known black spot and funds would go towards widening and sealing the road’s shoulders, removing roadside hazards and upgrading signage.
The area is one of many in the region identified as high-risk and in need of improving for road safety. Bunbury’s Hynes Road will also be upgraded with $950,000 worth of funding allocated.
Mr McGowan said the upgrades would make a big difference to road users and improve road safety throughout the South West.
“We all know it’s more dangerous on regional roads and we need to put more effort in – we’re attacking this issue from every angle to make sure we save more lives,” he said.
“The Black Spot Program targets roads that have a proven crash history or have been identified as high-risk. In many cases, making relatively minor alterations can make a big difference to road safety.
“The emotional toll for families is so huge and it’s such a tragic situation when a young person in particular loses their life.
“We can’t bring anyone back but it does mean we are doing our best to prevent someone else being injured or killed.”