Overtaking lane build to begin in March
■ 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.