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Great Eastern Highway WA's Worst Road For Safety

Jun 27, 2008
The Great Eastern Highway has been named Western Australia's worst road for safety, with it topping the latest Risky Roads nomination list compiled by the RAC with the help of motorists.

It is closely followed by Reid Highway in second spot and Great Northern Highway in third.
The RAC's Executive Manager of Member Advocacy David Moir said hundreds of nominations from across the state were received.

We're calling on the State Government and road authorities to take notice of this list of risky roads and listen to the people of Western Australia" he said.

"Something needs to be done to fix these roads and make the entire road network safer for all drivers."

The RAC received 560 nominations in it Risky Roads campaign identifying a total of 288 roads, two thirds of which were in metropolitan areas.

The sections of Great Eastern Highway singled out as the worst were mostly in the Belmont, Mundaring & Swan districts. Specifically in Mundaring were Great Eastern Highway intersections with Hardy Road and with Scott Street. The stretch of road between Kalgoorlie and Southern Cross was also highlighted as poor.

The top three concerns with Great Eastern Highway were an inadequate traffic light system, narrow road, lanes or bridges and vehicles travelling too fast.

Of all roads in the metropolitan area, Reid Highway was voted the riskiest road and the intersection between Reid Highway and Duffy Road was voted the worst intersection.

Reid Highway's other top problems were narrow road or lanes, inadequate crossing or turning opportunities and vehicles traveling too fast. The road's inadequate traffic light system was also highlighted.

South Western Highway was named as the worst road in regional areas, with the main concerns cited as dangerous curves and crests as well as narrow lanes or roadway.

Of all roads in regional WA, Bindoon/Moora Road up to Wannamal in the Chittering region was voted the riskiest section of road. The major risks identified were tight curves or blind crests and narrow road or lanes or bridges.

"It seems that people are more concerned with the design of roads and intersections rather than the road itself or its surrounding environment" Mr Moir said.

"Driver behaviour is also a concern, especially if the roads aren't sufficiently designed to cope with peak hour or increasing traffic and overtaking vehicles."

The State's 10 riskiest roads according to motorists are:
1. Great Eastern Highway (notably Belmont, Swan and Mundaring areas); 2. Reid Highway (notably Stirling and Swan areas); 3. Great Northern Highway (notable Chittering area); 4. South Western Highway (notably Manjimup, Serpentine-Jarrahdale, and Dardanup areas); 5. Wanneroo Road; 6. Albany Highway (notable Canning and Albany areas); 7. Scarborough Beach Road;
8. Gnangara Road; 9. Roe Highway (notably in Forrestdale); 10. Brand Highway (notably in Gingin area).

The five worst roads in regional areas according to motorists are:
1. South Western Highway; 2. Great Eastern Highway (notably from Southern Cross to Coolgardie); 3. Great Northern Highway; 4. Brand Highway;
5. (tied) Albany Highway & Bussell Highway.

In the lead-up to the state election, the RAC will study the most nominated sections of road and work with the State Government and road authorities for improvements to bring those roads up to a suitable standard of safety.
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