TRANSPORT Minister Troy Buswell yesterday handed over a cheque for $1 million to the City of Swan to fund a new roundabout at the black spot intersection of key throughfares Gnangara Road and West Swan Road.
As revealed exclusively in the The Advocate almost a month ago, Mr Buswell’s expected announcement came on a special visit to the Swan Valley, where he he committed State Government funding for a series of upgrades along Gnangara Road.
It is understood the roadworks will begin as soon as water and electrical services are relocated.
Construction on the Gnangara-West Swan roundabout is expected to be completed within 12-15 months.
“Clearly, Gnangara Road is an important transport route for the City of Swan. It's great to be able to sign off on this intersection today because it will add significantly to safety and convenience for road users in this area,” Mr Buswell said.
Traffic lights were also announced today for the corner of Beechboro and Gnangara roads and flashing traffic signals on Yagan bridge, over West Swan Road and Great Northern Highway.
City of Swan Mayor Charlie Zannino said the new traffic controls would markedly improve the flow of vehicles “enabling people to negotiate the intersections more safely and practically.”
State Government figures show Gnangara Road is among the worst roads in the State, recording more than 250 crashes - or an average of one a week - over the past five years.
Swan Hills MLA Frank Alban said the improvements would help prepare the City for anticipated explosive population growth over the next decade.