The South-West region of Western Australia is receiving more than $41 million in road safety upgrades and improvements from the Regional Road Safety Program – as part of the biggest regional road safety upgrade program in Western Australian history.
More than $980 million in road works is being delivered in the South-West, including:
- $41 million from the $455 million Regional Road Safety Program
- $852 million for construction of the Bunbury Outer Ring Road
- $85 million to duplicate the Bussell Highway, between Busselton and Capel
- $7 million upgrades to South Western Highway between Brookhampton Road and Tassone Road, at Thompsons Hill
- $2.1 million for Construction of a roundabout at the intersection of South Western Highway and Vittoria Road
Western Australian Road Safety Minister, Paul Papalia, said,”This is the biggest single investment in regional road safety WA has ever seen.
“Sadly, far too many crashes still occur in our regional areas. Many of these crashes are a result of simple mistakes and single vehicle run offs. Safety treatments like these will make a huge difference and make these roads safer.”
As part of the partnership between the State and Federal Governments, important safety treatments like shoulder sealing, the installation of audible edge and audible centre lines are being installed on around 430kms of South-West roads.
The South-West roads include: Coalfields Highway, Collie-Mumballup Road, Boyanup Picton Road, Lakelands-Lake Clifton Road, Brockman Highway, Bannister-Marradong Road, Greenlands Road, Melville-Mandurah Road, Pinjarra Road, South Western Highway, Sues Road, Vasse Highway and Forrest Highway.
These safety treatments aim to significantly reduce the risks associated with run-off road crashes.
Mr Papalia reminded motorists to be patient and plan ahead, as major roadworks for the upgrades are completed.
Traffic management remains in place on the Bussell Highway as stage one of the $85 million duplication project, which includes 5kms of dual carriageway between Spurr Street and Hutton Road, nears completion.
Safety improvement work to realign 3kms of the South Western Highway near Brookhampton has also commenced, along with pre-construction work for a roundabout at Vittoria Road.