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Last stage of Albany Ring Road works underway

The upgrades are proposed to improve freight efficiency and reduce congestion

The second stage of the Albany Ring Road project is officially underway, with work beginning on the final six-kilometre section between South Coast Highway and Princess Royal Drive.

The project will establish an 11-kilometre connection between Albany Highway and Princess Royal Drive that the federal government says allows for free-flowing traffic and greater freight efficiency.

The road works includes adding bridges to connect drivers to Albany Highway

After a month of pre-construction activity to prepare the site for earthworks and bridge works, which included the installation of new fencing, topsoil removal and services protection works, the final part of the Ring Road works is set to ease congestion in the area according to the government.

Following significant design changes last year to the final section of the Ring Road works, the overall footprint of vegetation clearing and local connectivity are improved features of the final section of the Albany Ring Road.

The federal government has committed $140 million towards the $175 million project, with the Western Australian government investing $35 million.

“The Albany Ring Road will improve connections between major freight infrastructure, including airports and commercial and industrial areas, which will help industries grow and support more jobs,” transport minister Barnaby Joyce says.

“This will drive new and expanded economic opportunities in the local area and beyond.”

Construction of the first grade separated interchange in the Great Southern Region between Menang Drive and Albany Highway is set to open in April, with works on the bridge and road ramps in the region making good progress.

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When completed, vehicles heading north from the Menang Drive intersection will cross over the new bridge and utilise a loop ramp to access Albany Highway.

“The Albany Ring Road will take heavy vehicles away from the town centre, making for improved commute times through the city,” WA transport minister Rita Saffioti says.

 Works on the major freight routes complement the many projects being launched in the WA local region.

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