Section of highway works complete

Talitha WolfeAlbany Advertiser

A passing lane project to enhance road safety along Albany Highway was completed last week.

Nine new passing lanes have been built on Albany Highway.

The first passing lane was completed at Cranbrook in December, 2013, with more passing lanes constructed at Settlement Road, Narrikup, Woogenellup Road, Martagallup Road, Tunney Hall Road, and Harold Road which was completed last week.

The $23 million highway upgrade was part of a commit-ment made before the 2013 State election.

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Main Roads has also built a 10th passing lane at Down Road to facilitate grain transport from CBH’s Down Road storage facility to the Port of Albany.

Main Roads Great Southern manager Andrew Duffield said the additional passing lanes had been constructed to reduce driver frustration and to enhance road safe-ty.

“The purpose of constructing the additional passing lanes was to provide further overtaking opportunities for all vehicles on Albany Highway,” he said.

“Main Roads has received much positive feedback from motorists on the ease of overtaking on Albany Highway, particularly during peak holiday periods.”

Construction of the new Phillips River Bridge on South Coast Highway will begin next financial year.
Camera IconConstruction of the new Phillips River Bridge on South Coast Highway will begin next financial year. Credit: mainroads.wa.gov.au, Main Roads

Main Roads is set to deliver several major projects in the 2017-18 financial year, including the reconstruction and realignment of South Coast Highway adjacent to Cheynes Beach Road, the reconstruction and realignment of the Amelup section of Chester Pass Road, the construction of the new Phillips River Bridge on South Coast Highway, and flood damage rectification works associated with a February flood.

Main Roads is also finalising a $2 million road-widening project north of Kojonup.

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