WA Regional Road Safety package announced

Spend of $55m to see 16 road upgrades to include widening, sealing, overtaking lanes and intersection improvements

WA Regional Road Safety package announced
Chester says the roads works will boost freight efficiency for regional industries.


The Federal and Western Australian governments have announced details of the projects approved under the new $55.25 million Regional Road Safety package.

Albany Lake Grace (Amelup curves), Brand Highway, Indian Ocean Drive and Goldfields Highway are among the 16 projects selected under the Regional Road Safety program.

The investment is part of the $2.3 billion road and rail infrastructure package to improve safety and ease congestion across WA.

"From the Great Southern Region to the Pilbara we are improving safety and boosting by delivering more accessible roads for heavy vehicles," federal infrastructure and transport minister Darren Chester says.

"We are committed to better, safer roads to reduce the number of crashes leading to deaths and serious injuries.

"That is why we are investing in road widening, shoulder sealing, new overtaking lanes, intersection improvements and other important safety upgrades."

WA transport minister Rita Saffioti says the projects were selected based on factors such as economy of scale, deliverability, cost effectiveness, assessment of crash risk and road safety audits.

"The upgrades will include improvements to major regional routes such as the South West Highway, Railway Road, Indian Ocean Drive, Brand Highway, the Great Northern Highway and the North West Coastal Highway," Saffioti says.

"Project values range from $1.5 million toward the Goldfields Highway and the Great Northern Highway to $11 million for curve improvements, intersection upgrades and two new bridges on Albany Lake Grace (Amelup curves)."

The federal government will spend $44.2 million and the WA government will contribute $11.05 million towards the program.

The upgrades will be undertaken between 2017–18 and 2019–20.

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