Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning; Ports

    Joint media statement - Regional Road Safety package for WA roads

    11/10/2017 8:45 AM
     
    • ​$55.25 million committed under Regional Road Safety package
    • 16 road upgrades to include widening, sealing, overtaking lanes and intersection improvements

    The Federal and Western Australian Governments today announced the successful projects to receive funding under the new $55.25 million Regional Road Safety package.

     

    Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said 16 projects were selected based on an assessment of crash risk and road safety audits.

     

    "From the Great Southern region to the Pilbara we are improving safety and boosting freight efficiency for regional industries by delivering more accessible roads for heavy vehicles," Mr Chester said.

     

    "We are committed to better, safer roads to reduce the number of crashes leading to deaths and serious injuries.  That is why we are investing in road widening, shoulder sealing, new overtaking lanes, intersection improvements and other important safety upgrades."

     

    Western Australian Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the projects included in the package had been prioritised based on factors such as economy of scale, deliverability and cost effectiveness.

     

    "The upgrades will include improvements to major regional routes such as the South Western Highway, Railway Road, Indian Ocean Drive, Brand Highway, Great Northern Highway and the North West Coastal Highway," Ms Saffioti said.

     

    "Project values range from $1.5 million towards the Goldfields Highway and the Great Northern Highway to $11 million for curve improvements, intersection upgrades and two new bridges on Albany-Lake Grace Road (Amelup curves)."

     

    The Regional Road Safety package is part of the $2.3 billion road and rail infrastructure package to improve safety, ease congestion and keep the economy moving in Western Australia.

     

    The Australian Government has committed $44.2 million and the Western Australian Government has committed $11.05 million to fund the Regional Road Safety package. The upgrades will be undertaken between 2017-18 and 2019-20.

     

    A full list of successful projects and funding is below.

     

    Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500

     

    Road nameDescription of worksTotal ($)
    GREAT SOUTHERN REGION  
    Albany-Lake Grace Road (Amelup curves)Widen and reconstruct substandard curves, upgrade intersections and construct two bridges.11,000,000
    Northam-Cranbrook RoadWiden and seal shoulders2,500,000
    SOUTH WEST REGION  
    South Western HighwayWiden and seal shoulders2,000,000
    Railway RoadWiden and seal shoulders2,100,000
    MID WEST-GASCOYNE REGION  
    Brand HighwayConstruct two passing lanes5,000,000
    Great Northern HighwayWiden and seal shoulders1,500,000
    Indian Ocean DriveConstruct four passing lanes7,000,000
    GOLDFIELDS ESPERANCE REGION  
    Goldfields HighwayWiden and seal shoulders1,500,000
    Goldfields HighwayWiden and overlay4,600,000
    Coolgardie-Esperance HighwayConstruct passing lane2,500,000
    Coolgardie-Esperance  HighwayConstruct passing lane2,500,000
    WHEATBELT REGION  
    York-Merredin RoadReconstruct, realign and widen2,500,000
    York-Merredin RoadReconstruct and widen2,400,000
    PILBARA REGION  
    North West Coastal HighwayWiden and seal shoulders2,000,000
    Great Northern Highway (between Auski Roadhouse and Port Hedland)Construct two passing lanes4,000,000
    North West Coastal Highway (between Karratha and Roebourne)Construct passing lane2,150,000
     Total55,250,000