WA outlines $20 million in road safety projects for the Mid-West region

The Western Australian Government has outlined five projects totalling more than $20 million set to get underway this year and early 2021.

One of the key projects in the Mid-West region is the $4.8 million upgrades to Brand Highway between Cooljarloo and Badgingarra. This will include widening and installation of audible edge lines across 30 kilometres of the highway.

Works are set to begin in November and will be completed in April 2021.

The Great Northern Highway is also getting $10.1 million worth of upgrades for widening and audible edge line installation across 75 kilometres of the road. Work will begin in January 2021 and is expected to be complete in June.

Other investments for safety upgrades include $2 million to upgrade the intersection of Brand Highway and Barrett Drive, $3.8 million to upgrade Indian Ocean Drive, $1.83 million – to install a roundabout at Durlacher and Maitland streets and $120,000 for street lighting on the North West Coastal Highway.

For the Barrett Drive upgrade, Main Roads WA will put in place a temporary restriction of right turn movements over the upcoming Christmas holiday period to accommodate for the works.

In early 2021 major works will begin on the project which include installation of a southbound left turn lane, intersection widening to improve truck movements, extending the dual southbound lanes on the highway, intersection improvements and new media and island treatments.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti met with local government representatives in Geraldton to discuss the Dongara-Geraldton-Northampton Planning study.

The preferred route was defined by a Main Roads alignment selection study which was undertaken to identify a road corridor that could provide a long-term solution for freight, safely accommodate heavy vehicle combinations and remove heavy vehicles from town sites.

Following extensive community feedback and investigations, the preferred single corridor between Dongara, Geraldton and Northampton has been proposed. Community consultation of the route is open until January 2021.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said we have allocated more than $20 million to upgrade key roads across the region to improve safety and support local jobs.

“I am also looking forward to hearing from the community about the Dongara-Geraldton-Northampton route planning study,” she said.

Agricultural Region MLC Darren West said upgrades to the Barrett Drive and Brand Highway intersection will make a huge difference for motorists.

“I’m proud to be a part of a State Government that delivers on their promises for regional Western Australia.”

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