AMELUP CURVES TO RE­CEIVE $11m

A dan­ger­ous sec­tion of Al­bany-Lake Grace Road near Bor­den, known as Amelup Curves, will re­ceive $11 mil­lion in up­grades, in­clud­ing new bridges.

Albany Extra - - Front Page - Shan­non Smith

The Al­bany-Lake Grace Road will re­ceive an $11 mil­lion up­grade as part of a fund­ing pack­age for WA re­gional roads an­nounced on Wed­nes­day by the Fed­eral and State gov­ern­ments.

The $55.25 mil­lion Re­gional Road Safety pack­age in­volves 16 projects based on the risk of crash and road safety au­dits.

The Al­bany-Lake Grace Road is also re­ferred to as Ch­ester Pass Road and func­tions as a heavy tourist route. The fund­ing will fo­cus on im­prov­ing curves, up­grad­ing in­ter­sec­tions and re­build­ing the two bridges as­so­ci­ated with the bends known as “Amelup Curves”.

RAC cor­po­rate af­fairs gen­eral man­ager Will Golsby said last year 60 per cent of road fa­tal­i­ties oc­curred in re­gional WA.

“This fund­ing ac­knowl­edges the ur­gent need to ad­dress the dev­as­tat­ing im­pact of road trauma in our re­gions,” Mr Golsby said.

“Twenty years ago, WA had the low­est fa­tal­ity rate of any State — since 2006, we have con­sis­tently been one of the worst,

“Over the past five years alone, road trauma has cost the WA econ­omy more than $2.8 bil­lion.”

State Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said the projects se­lected 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.

In 2016, 195 peo­ple were killed and 1500 were se­ri­ously in­jured on WA roads.

The Fed­eral Govern­ment has com­mit­ted $44.2 mil­lion and the WA Govern­ment has com­mit­ted $11.05 mil­lion to fund the Re­gional Road Safety pack­age.

The up­grades will take place be­tween 2017-18 and 2019-20.

Twenty years ago, WA had the low­est fa­tal­ity rate of any State — since 2006, we have been one of the worst . . . has cost WA more than $2.8 bil­lion.

Will Golsby

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