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Albany Ring Road sections to open to traffic

Construction on the freight route in the southern Western Australian city has made further progress

The federal and Western Australian governments have announced that two sections of the Albany Ring Road are set to open this week. 

The Albany to South Coast Highways section has finished construction, while the new bridge connecting Hanrahan and Frenchman Bay Roads has also been completed. 

“This is the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken in the Great Southern region and will provide a safe, efficient, free-flowing route for heavy vehicles accessing the port and remove those same vehicles from the local roads they’re currently using,” WA transport minister Rita Saffioti says. 

“Removing heavy vehicles from the existing local network will improve safety on a number of key roads, including Chester Pass Road, Albany Highway and South Coast Highway, and enhance amenity for local residents and visitors alike.” 

The section between the Albany and South Coast Highways will improve access to and from Denmark for residents of Albany’s northern and eastern suburbs according to the federal government.

“The opening of the section to South Coast Highway and the new Frenchman Bay Road Bridge is an important double milestone as we look to get the Albany Ring Road fully operational by the end of autumn,” federal transport and infrastructure minister Catherine King says. 

The Frenchman Bay Road bridge also aims to address one of Albany’s most congested intersections and improve access between Little Grove and Albany’s central business district. 

“The opening of the Frenchman Bay Road bridge and connecting roundabouts significantly improves the local road network,” Senator for Western Australia Varun Ghosh says. 

“It will also provide safer and more efficient access for residents and visitors to the Torndirrup Peninsula, which is home to some of Albany’s most spectacular tourist destinations.” 

The Albany Ring Road project has been jointly funded by the federal and WA governments and remains on track to be completed before the middle of the year. 

The new road is expected to divert heavy vehicle traffic around Albany and improve freight efficiency, reduce congestion and increase safety on existing local routes. 

 

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