Safety upgrades for Indian Ocean Drive
FOUR MORE PASSING LANES FOR INDIAN OCEAN DRIVE
INDIAN Ocean Drive will get more passing lanes, with the Federal and State governments announcing $7 million for safety upgrades on Saturday.
The governments have fast tracked funding for four extra passing lanes – two northbound and two southbound – between the Ledge Point and Seabird turn-offs.
Construction of the first two passing lanes located either side of the Ledge Point intersection will be completed by mid-2018, while the remaining pair about eight 8km farther south will be built in 2018-19.
“With the tragedies that have occurred on Indian Ocean Drive this year, we are fast-tracking $7 million of funding to build new passing lanes between Two Rocks and Lancelin as quickly as possible,” Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester said.
“In the five years to December 2016, this stretch saw 137 crashes.
“While we continue to work out the final schedule of projects under this $44.2 million allocation with the WA Government, it is clear we need to make improvements to this road as soon as possible.”
WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the funding followed a series of fatalities along the scenic route and Main Roads had secured State Black Spot funding to install audible edge lines for 30km south of Seabird, with completion expected in 2018.
“These crashes are enormous tragedies,” she said, adding that she made it a priority to secure federal funding and finalise further safety options.
The section of Indian Ocean Drive between Two Rocks and Lancelin is more than 50km long and it carries the most traffic between 2500 and 4700 vehicles a day.
The advance funding forms part of the $44.2 million committed by the Australian Government in the 2017–18 Budget for regional projects to improve road safety across WA.
The State Government has also pledged to commit a further $11 million towards these regional projects.