Fund­ing boost for high­way up­grades

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Kate Field­ing and Jac­inta Can­ta­tore

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.”

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