The Australian Government has signed off on its $44.2 million contribution to the $55.25 million WA Regional Road Safety Package, which applies to 16 projects and will be rolled out over the next four years.
The package is funded by the Australian and Western Australian governments on an 80:20 basis, and provides funds for road safety upgrades, including widening, sealing, overtaking lanes and intersection improvements.
Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the 16 individual projects will include improvements to major regional routes such as the South West Highway, Boyanup-Capel Road, Indian Ocean Drive, Brand Highway, the Great Northern Highway and the North West Coastal Highway.
“The projects included in the package have been prioritised based on factors such as economy of scale, deliverability and cost effectiveness, with the Western Australia Government committing $11.05 million towards them,” Mr. Chester said.
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“The various projects are progressing well, with a contract recently awarded to deliver the $11 million Albany Lake Grace (Chester Pass Road)—Amelup Curves project, which will improve safety and make life easier for heavy vehicle operators, benefitting the entire Great Southern regional economy.”
Project values range from $1.5 million toward the Goldfields Highway and the Great Northern Highway, to $11 million for curve improvements, intersection upgrades and two new bridges on Albany Lake Grace (Chester Pass Road)—Amelup Curves.
The various upgrades will be undertaken between 2017–18 and 2019–20. The Australian Government has committed a total of $44.2 million and the Western Australian Government a total of $11.05 million to fund the package.