The State Government today announced $2million of additional funding to construct another two passing lanes on the Brand Highway.
The two new lanes, one for northbound and one for southbound traffic, will be built approximately 15km south of Cataby Roadhouse, which is one of the busiest sections of the highway.
Acting Planning and Infrastructure Minister Tony McRae said that Main Roads was currently finalising the design of the passing lanes and construction was expected to begin in January 2007.
“This work will complement other recent improvements on the Brand Highway, such as the new passing lane 15km north of Dongara, that was completed in April at a cost of $1million,” he said.
“The new lanes will improve safety by providing extra passing opportunities for motorists, which will reduce the incidence of risky overtaking manoeuvres.
“The project forms part of a package of road works aimed at helping to improve road safety, particularly aimed at allowing smaller vehicles to interact more efficiently with large trucks using this route.
“This funding is in addition to the $1.6million for two 1.5km passing lanes planned for northbound traffic near the Eneabba townsite and Kailis Drive approximately 12km south of Dongara being carried out early next year.”
Mr McRae said the additional passing lanes were necessary as the Brand Highway carried approximately 2,000 vehicles per day near Cataby, which included more than 460 heavy vehicles.
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