Work on a $1.5million upgrading package to improve the safety of South Western Highway is well under way.
The package, announced by the State Government earlier this year, includes works to widen the seal on various narrow sections of the highway between Donnybrook and Bridgetown, from the current width of about 6.8m to a minimum of 8.0m.
Earlier this month, RoadCare Pty Ltd commenced the first component of these works, involving the widening of a 2.4km section about 15km south of Donnybrook.
Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan has announced that RoadCare has also recently been awarded a $570,000 contract for the second part of the package, to upgrade a 500m section of South Western Highway, about seven kilometres north of Bridgetown.
“The current works involve reconstruction and widening, including drainage improvements, and will increase road safety on this section of South Western Highway by providing a wider road and a more forgiving roadside environment on this important freight route,” Ms MacTiernan said.
“The road works are to be undertaken by Main Roads’ term network contractor, RoadCare, and will be carried out with minimal disruption and inconvenience to road traffic.”
Work on both these components is due to be completed prior to Christmas.
The third and final component of the package, involving widening of a 1.4km section south of Kirup, is due to be undertaken in January 2006.
This package complements other priority works planned on South Western Highway, including the construction of passing lanes at Hesters Hill and development of the Bridgetown Bypass, as well as recent changes to the speed limit between Donnybrook and Balingup and the ongoing MRWA compliance and enforcement effort for heavy vehicles operating on the Highway.
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