City pushes Ring Road fund­ing case

Albany Extra - - Extra News - Tim Ed­munds

A sub­mis­sion for Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment fund­ing for the re­main­ing stages of the Al­bany Ring Road project is ex­pected to be com­pleted by the end of the year.

The Al­bany Ad­ver­tiser un­der­stands a busi­ness case from the State Gov­ern­ment for stages two and three of the Al­bany Ring Road will go to In­fra­struc­ture Aus­tralia be­fore the end of the year — a fi­nal cost­ing of the project has not yet been com­pleted.

The State is seek­ing 80 per cent of the re­main­ing project cost from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment.

The cost es­ti­mate of the project is $172 mil­lion with $35 mil­lion of fund­ing cur­rently al­lo­cated by the State Gov­ern­ment.

The City of Al­bany con­tin­ued to push its case for the long-awaited stages two and three of the project this week at the Na­tional Lo­cal Roads and Trans­port Congress at Al­bany En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre.

The ring road project stalled at stage one — Me­nang Drive — which was com­pleted in 2007, and no fund­ing was al­lo­cated to the next two stages to cre­ate a heavy haulage route around the Al­bany CBD and into the port. Vis­it­ing Al­bany for the na­tional congress, Fed­eral Min­is­ter for In­fra­struc­ture and Trans­port Dar­ren Ch­ester said he had spo­ken with State Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti on the sub­mis­sion.

“I’m ex­pect­ing the State Gov­ern­ment to pro­vide a busi­ness case to me in the next few months and it’s a ques­tion of work­ing out what it’s go­ing to cost and how we are go­ing to pay for it,” he said.

“The State Gov­ern­ment needs to do its home­work, get us a busi­ness case and we will work out how it’s go­ing to be paid for.

“We need to look at the whole cost-ben­e­fit anal­y­sis, how that all stacks up and then how we can work through a process of find­ing the money to get it done.

“That is still go­ing to take some months and I un­der­stand the peo­ple will be frus­trated by that, but we need to make sure we do the home­work and come up with a so­lu­tion that will last gen­er­a­tions into the fu­ture.”

At the Na­tional Lo­cal Roads and Trans­port Congress in Al­bany on Tues­day, Main Roads Great South­ern re­gional man­ager An­drew Duffield showed a con­cep­tual fly over pre­sen­ta­tion of what the com­pleted ring road project could look like.

Mr Duffield said the project would be a “game changer for Al­bany” and would pro­vide heavy haulage op­er­a­tors an un­in­ter­rupted ac­cess to the port on a 90km/h ul­ti­mately dual car­riage­way. He said once fund­ing was ob­tained for the fi­nal two stages, the project would take be­tween two to three years to com­plete.

Pic­ture: Lau­rie Ben­son

Fed­eral Min­is­ter for Trans­port Dar­ren Ch­ester with Vic Mid­dle­ton, Glen Bag­nall and Mem­ber for O'Con­nor Rick Wil­son.

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