Tenders sought for final stage of $30 million South Coast Highway upgrades

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Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.
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Tenders have opened for the final section of the $30 million South Coast Highway upgrades between Albany and Jerramungup.

The construction of two passing lanes between Bluff Creek Road and Kojaneerup West Road will mark the end of the upgrades designed to improve the safety of the key freight transport corridor servicing the Albany and Esperance ports.

The project is one of the first to be tendered as part of the State Government’s Statewide Construction Panel Contract formed in April, to fast-track key infrastructure projects to help reboot the economy in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

The first two stages of the upgrades are completed.

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Stage one included the construction of a passing lane at Mead Road between Killarney Road and Monty’s Leap winery in June 2019.

The road between Monty’s Leap Winery and Kalgan River Bridge was widened from seven to 11m and a two-metre sealed shoulder was installed in each direction in April.

“More than 150 direct and indirect local jobs have been created over the life of this $30 million project, providing a boost to the local economy,” Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said yesterday.

Construction is set to start in late November with completion scheduled for May 2021.

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