Two important Albany Ring Road interchange sites will have bridge beams installed in the coming months as Main Roads looks to ramp up construction of the project during drier spring conditions. An update issued at the start of September states major works will recommence in all areas of the project from mid-September, with completion of the long-awaited road on track for mid-2024. The project’s next major milestone will see beams moved into place for bridges near the intersection of Hanrahan and Frenchman Bay roads and at the South Coast Highway interchange. A Main Road spokeswoman said the beam installation would allow the bridge deck to be constructed and pavement laid. “The installation of beams will be an important symbolic milestone for the project as it spans the gap between the bridge abutments,” she said. “The beam installations are also significant from a community perspective, as road users will start to see the new bridges taking shape. “Once the beams are in place it allows construction of the bridge deck to commence, making the opening date more definite.” Before the bridge beams are installed, Main Road intends to inform the wider community and establish safe viewing areas for those interested in viewing the lifts. “It is unlikely the installations will have a significant impact on traffic flow, as vehicles are already being detoured around each of the interchange sites,” the spokeswoman said. “However, the transportation of the beams between the fabrication yard in Perth and Albany may result in some delays to traffic on Albany Highway. “Further information on the transportation dates will be shared once they are confirmed.” Other works that will take place in the coming months include final earthworks, pavement works, permanent drainage works, ramp construction to tie into existing roads, line marking, barriers, street lighting, signage and construction of noise and screen walls.