Stage 2 of Pfeiffer Road to Cheynes Beach Road section set to commence
$5 million project to improve road safety
Works to generate about 30 jobs
The Liberal National Government is continuing its commitment to road safety in regional areas, with the next stage of upgrades on South Coast Highway between Pfeiffer Road to Cheynes Beach Road set to start in February 2017.
Transport Minister Bill Marmion said public tenders for the construction works closed on November 30, 2016 to ensure delivery of works remained on schedule.
"South Coast Highway is a major east-west inter-regional route connecting Ravensthorpe, Boxwood Hill, Jerramungup and Esperance through to Albany," Mr Marmion said.
"This project will include a 2.5 kilometre realignment of the highway, directly adjacent to the Cheynes Beach Road intersection, resulting in improved road safety and shorter travel times.
"Project works are also expected to generate about 30 jobs."
Deputy Premier and Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey said the $5 million project would be funded under the Road Trauma Trust Account in 2016-17.
"The existing curve to the east of Cheynes Beach Road has been the site of numerous road train rollovers in the past decade, due to its tight bend and limited seal width," Ms Harvey said.
"The project will enable the bitumen seal to be widened from six to nine metres, improving safety for all road users travelling on this section of the highway."
Subject to final environmental approvals, works are scheduled for completion by April 2017.
South Coast Highway is one of three major arterial transport heavy haulage routes into the port of Albany for the agro-forestry, agriculture and mining industries
Construction is currently underway on the first stage of the Pfeiffer Road to Cheynes Beach Road project, spanning four kilometres
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