Manypeaks road to get $750k upgrade
A narrow, winding 6km section of South Coast Highway in Manypeaks will be upgraded as part of a WA rural road overhaul.
The road, between Pfeiffer and Cheynes roads, will be reconstructed, widened and sealed in a $750,000 project designed to improve driver safety.
It is one of 24 regional projects being funded under a new $28 million Safer Roads initiative.
Under the initiative, several country roads will be upgraded across the State, and the Manypeaks road is the only one in the Great Southern region set to be upgraded.
WA Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts said old country roads were often built using outdated safety standards.
“Seven out of every 10 serious crashes on regional roads (involve) a single vehicle running off the side of the road,” she said.
“Treatments like sealing the road shoulders and audible edge lining, while not always obvious, are saving lives and reducing injuries.”
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti echoed Mrs Roberts’ sentiments.
“Vehicle travel . . . comes with an inherent risk,” she said.
“Safer Roads’ aim is to create more forgiving roads and roadside environments to reduce safety risks. Simple things like widening or realigning a problem stretch of road can make a huge difference.”