- Construction of four additional passing lanes commences
- Works form part of a $7 million package of safety improvements
- Part of response to State Government's safety review of Indian Ocean Drive
New passing lanes on Indian Ocean Drive between Seabird and Lancelin are now under construction following the State Government's safety review of the road last year.
The McGowan Government initiated the safety review last year in response to a series of serious and fatal crashes between Lancelin and Two Rocks.
Key short to medium term recommendations from the report were lowering the speed limit - which was reduced to 100kmh immediately after the review last November - and the construction of further passing lanes.
The WA Police Force has also continued to provide strong traffic enforcement measures.
These two northbound and two southbound passing lanes are part of an overall $7 million package of works to improve safety on Indian Ocean Drive, funded by the State Government's Regional Road Safety Package.
The project will complement other recently completed safety improvement works including:
- The installation of centre and edge audible line markings between Two Rocks and Lancelin;
- Maintenance work on centre and edge lines to enhance visibility and reflectivity;
- Vegetation clearing to improve sight lines;
- New advanced guide signs at the end of the current passing lanes; and
- New wildlife warning signs between Two Rocks and Lancelin and the replacement of guide signs.
Future works include a design review of intersections between Two Rocks and Lancelin, installation of more audible line markings, work to increase the seal width and creating a one-metre-wide centreline treatment for the entire length of the road.
This treatment will create a greater distance between opposing traffic, providing additional reaction time if a driver unintentionally drifts across the centre line towards oncoming traffic.
The $4.25 million passing lane contract has been awarded to Central Earthmoving, with construction expected to be completed by December 2018.
Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
"The McGowan Government acted quickly following a number of serious crashes on Indian Ocean Drive last year, and this is one of the measures recommended by the safety review.
"We hope these works, combined with the lowering of the speed limit and new audible edge lines, will make the road a lot safer and potentially save lives.
"Traffic volumes along Indian Ocean Drive can reach up to 5,500 vehicles per day. The construction of these four additional passing lanes will help improve road safety for local residents and tourists alike."
Comments attributed to Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts:
"These passing lanes are only part of a broader program of improvements to Indian Ocean Drive.
"The Government has taken decisive action to make improvements on a road which has proven to be dangerous, but that is no reason for drivers to become complacent.
"I urge everyone to drive within the speed limit and drive to the conditions.
"It is one of the roads on which you can expect to see an increased police presence, including our new Regional Enforcement Unit."
Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
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