Funding boost for highway upgrades
More than half a million dollars of upgrades to three stretches of South Western Highway are among several South West projects to boost road safety.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti was in Bunbury on Wednesday to announce a raft of road safety initiatives as part of a $28.4 million WA Safer Roads Program.
The 24 regional projects include widening and sealing the road shoulders on three stretches of South Western Highway between Wokalup and Cookernup.
The upgrades will include $520,000 for the installation of a 1m central median strip, clear zone and improvement of the batter slope near Wokalup.
$100,000 will go towards the construction of a 1m median strip and a northbound passing lane near Cookernup, and another $100,000 for a 1m median strip and a southbound passing lane just north of Harvey.
A further $300,000 will go towards a roundabout at the South Western Highway and Vittoria Road intersection, the same amount for upgrades at Raymond Road between Australind and Roelands and more than $800,000 across other parts of the highway.
The program also includes $5.8 million to extend Bussell Highway’s dual carriageway and construct a roundabout at Fairway Drive in Busselton.
Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke said the upgrades were outlined as necessary by members of the community.
“People in my electorate of Murray-Wellington have been asking for improvements to South Western Highway and the Pinjarra Williams Road and I’m proud to be able to deliver,” Ms Clarke said.
“Regional people do a lot of driving and I’m proud to be part of a government that is delivering safer roads for regional West Australians.”
Ms Saffioti said the initiative would make a “huge” difference.
“While many of us will travel on WA roads for our entire lives without being involved in a serious accident, the sad fact of vehicle travel is that it comes with an inherent risk,” she said.
“Simple things like widening or realigning a problem stretch of road can make a huge difference.”