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Minister for Planning and Infrastructure
Two new passing lanes for Perth to Geraldton highway
31/05/2006 2:57 PM
The Carpenter Government today announced two new two passing lanes would be built on the Brand Highway, after funding was approved in the 2006-07 State Budget.
Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the two 1.5km sealed passing lanes would cater for northbound traffic near the Eneabba townsite and at Kailis Drive, about 12km south of Dongara.
“Main Roads is now finalising the design of the passing lanes and they will be constructed after the next grain harvest,” Ms MacTiernan said.
“The $1.6million project has been provided as part of the Safer Roads Program.”
The Minister said the project would complement other recent improvements undertaken on Brand Highway.
The improvements completed on the Brand Highway over the past six months include:
a new passing lane 15km north of Dongara completed last month, at a cost of $1million;
53km of audible edge lines between Dongara and Geraldton;
50km of shoulder sealing and audible edge lining between Eneabba and Dongara, at a cost of $2million;
Brand Highway/McCartney Road intersection, at a cost of $415,000;
Brand Highway/Midland Road intersection upgrade, at a cost of $185,000;
Brand Highway - extension of the passing lane five kilometres east of Dongara near Pell Bridge, at a cost of $500,000.
Ms MacTiernan said the work on the new passing lanes was expected to be completed by April 2007.
Minister's office: 9213 6400