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WA celebrates official opening of Albany Ring Road

The largest road infrastructure project undertaken in WA’s Great Southern region is now officially open in all spots to traffic

The largest road infrastructure project ever undertaken in Western Australia’s Great Southern region has been officially opened.

The Albany Ring Road was unveiled as part of a ceremony with local community members, delivering a free-flowing, 11 kilometre connection between the original section of Menang Drive east of Albany Highway and Princess Royal Drive.

This includes three grade-separated interchanges at Albany Highway, South Coast Highway and Hanrahan Road.

The $225 million project has been jointly funded by the WA and federal governments, with the federal government contributing $173 million, including an additional $33 million funded in the 2024-25 budget.

The northern section of the ring road opened to traffic before Easter between Albany Highway and South Coast Highway, as well as the new Frenchman Bay Road interchange, is resulting in an immediate traffic flow improvement according to the WA government.

“The Albany Ring Road is a once-in-a-generation project for the Great Southern region, providing a free-flowing freight connection around the city and taking heavy vehicles off existing routes,” WA transport minister Rita Saffioti says.

“The issue of heavy vehicles having to use local roads to access the port has long been a concern, which is why our government made this commitment to the people of Albany and the Great Southern.

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

“The new ring road will support the future economic growth of Albany and the Great Southern region by making truck movements to and from the Port of Albany as efficient as possible.”

The final sections of the road, including between South Coast Highway and Hanrahan Road/Frenchman Bay Road, is now also open, with the new road diverting heavy vehicles around Albany to improve freight efficiency and underpin the long-term economic viability of Albany Port.

The new site will also significantly improve traffic flow and safety on the existing road network by reducing heavy vehicles in the area.

Currently, hundreds of trucks move to and from the port each day, with this significantly increasing during harvest. Now, federal transport minister Catherine King says the ring road will remove these trucks from the local road network.

“It is wonderful to see the Albany Ring Road, a critical project for Western Australia’s Great Southern region, become fully operational,” King says.

“This project is safeguarding the long-term viability and efficiency of the Port of Albany by providing free‑flowing road access.

“This will ultimately improve competitiveness of exports from the region.”

The completed ring road will be known as Menang Drive in recognition of the area’s Traditional Owners in the Menang Noongar people.

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