The Western Australian government has announced that construction on the Albany Ring Road is expected to be completed by the middle of the year after entering its final stage of construction.
The project has been jointly funded by the WA and federal governments and is expected to help streamline traffic in the great southern region of WA.
“The Albany Ring Road is a strategically important project, underpinning the long-term economic strength of the Port of Albany and supporting local jobs,” WA premier Roger Cook says.
Once complete, the road will divert heavy vehicles around Albany to help improve freight efficiency, reduce congestion and improve safety on existing routes such as the Albany Highway.
“The Albany Ring Road is the largest infrastructure project ever delivered in the great southern region and will provide a safe, efficient and free-flowing route for heavy vehicles accessing the Port of Albany,” WA transport minister Rita Saffioti says.
The WA government says that completed sections of the road are expected to be open incrementally and connect to Albany’s existing road network over the coming months.
Along the ring road, three grade-separated interchanges have been built on Albany and South Coast Highways and the Frenchman Bay Road.
The WA government has also confirmed that a new $37 million flyover at the intersection of Menang Drive and Chester Pass Road will begin construction later this year.
“The new interchange at Menang Drive and Chester Pass Road will allow the full benefits of the Ring Road project to be realised, improving freight efficiency and the competitiveness of our exports from the Great Southern,” Cook says.
The WA government says that concept designs and initial site investigations for the flyover are underway, with the interchange to be opened by 2025.