Governments commit to Regional Road Safety package for WA Roads

The Federal and Western Australia Governments recently 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, has 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,” said Chester.

“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,” he said.

Western Australian Minister for Transport, Rita Saffioti, has 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 West Highway, Railway Road, Indian Ocean Drive, Brand Highway, the Great Northern Highway and the North West Coastal Highway,” said Saffioti.

“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 (Amelup curves),” she said.

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.

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