South Coast Highway upgrades in final stage ahead of May finish

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South Coast Highway works are set to be finished by May.
Camera IconSouth Coast Highway works are set to be finished by May. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

Work on the final stage of the $30 million South Coast Highway upgrades will start next month, with the 2017 election promise project set to be fulfilled by May.

The final section will include road reconstruction, widening and the construction of two passing lanes between Bluff Creek and Kojaneerup West Road.

Upgrades to the Mead Road section of the highway were completed in June 2019, including the construction of a passing lane west of Kalgan River Bridge.

The second stage completed in April, included widening the road to 11m between Monty’s Leap Winery and Kalgan River Bridge.

Once finished, the project would have supported about 150 jobs.

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Albany MP Peter Watson said the construction of passing lanes would benefit tourist traffic and heavy vehicles.

“Completion of the third stage — and the overall program — will provide safer travelling opportunities, and improve transport efficiencies for everyone in our Great Southern region,” he said.

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