Over­tak­ing lane build to be­gin in March

Pilbara News - - News - Peter de Krui­jff

■ A two kilo­me­tre pass­ing lane worth $1.5m will go in be­tween Roe­bourne and Kar­ratha on the North West Coastal High­way.

Work will start on the road in March next year, depend­ing on weather con­di­tions.

A Main Roads WA spokes­woman said the area on the high­way be­tween Kar­ratha Road turn-off and Point Sam­son-Roe­bourne Road turn-off had lim­ited over­tak­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“This sec­tion of the high­way has high traf­fic vol­umes rang­ing be­tween 2000 to 2500 ve­hi­cles per day, of which 20 per cent are heavy ve­hi­cles,” she said.

“The pass­ing lane will be 2km long, lo­cated south­bound, and com­mence 4.2km prior to the Cleaverville turnoff.”

The fund­ing has come as part of a $32m road safety pack­age across the State, be­long­ing to the 2015-16 al­lo­ca­tion from the $314m Safer Roads Pro­gram.

The pro­gram is to run over 10 years and was es­tab­lished in the 2005-06 fi­nan­cial year.

So far, ac­cord­ing to the State Gov­ern­ment, 235 safety im­prove­ment projects have been funded across WA. There were no funds al­lo­cated to the Kim­ber­ley or Gas­coyne re­gions as part of the 2015-16 an­nounce­ment.

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