Many­peaks road to get $750k up­grade

Albany Extra - - News - Toby Hussey

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.”

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