Cash for high­way re­pairs

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - Jac­inta Can­ta­tore

WAROONA shire pres­i­dent Mike Walm­s­ley has wel­comed the Fed­eral Govern­ment’s an­nounce­ment of up­grades to South Western High­way be­tween Waroona and Yar­loop.

“There has been an in­crease in traf­fic on that par­tic­u­lar stretch of road due to the Wagerup Re­fin­ery, es­pe­cially an in­crease in heavy ve­hi­cles,” Mr Walm­s­ley said.

He said he hoped some of the $2 mil­lion of the al­lo­cated money would go to­wards safety mea­sures just south of the Al­coa re­fin­ery site.

“When a truck turns south out of the re­fin­ery, they’re im­me­di­ately going up a hill and it can take a while for them to pick up their speed,” he said.

He in­di­cated an over­tak­ing lane or dual car­riage­way could ease con­ges­tion in this area, and al­low cars trav­el­ling at the speed limit to pass big­ger ve­hi­cles with­out need­ing to slow down or come to an abrupt halt while a heavy ve­hi­cle crossed the over­pass.

He also pointed to sev­eral “rough patches” be­tween Hamel and Yar­loop which needed at­ten­tion.

“Any­thing that can be done to in­crease safety on our roads is cer­tainly wel­comed by the shire,” Mr Walm­s­ley said.

The Min­is­ter for In­fra­struc­ture and Transport Dar­ren Ch­ester and Can­ning MHR An­drew Hastie an­nounced the $55.25 mil­lion Re­gional Road Safety pack­age on De­cem­ber 11, cit­ing crash-risk as­sess­ments and road safety au­dits as the ba­sis for choos­ing a to­tal of 16 up­grade projects. The up­grades on South Western High­way are due to be com­pleted by 2020.

The Fed­eral Govern­ment com­mit­ted $44.2 mil­lion to the Re­gional Road Safety pack­age, with the State Govern­ment com­mit­ting a fur­ther $11.05 mil­lion to the fund.

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