Region’s roads to receive upgrade
The Shire of Manjimup will receive its first overtaking lane thanks to a $100,000 State Government grant to address rural crash hotspots.
The staged project will occur on South Western Highway between Yornup to Palgarup and $50,000 has been allocated for each of the northbound and southbound passtravel ing lanes. The upgrades are two of 24 rural regional upgrades and one metropolitan upgrade.
Manjimup shire president Paul Omodei said he welcomed the announcement.
“I think we’re the largest shire in the South West,” he said.
“With about 180km of South Western Highway in the shire, this will be the first passing lane in the shire. It’s not before time but we are grateful.”
Cr Omodei said that as much as the Manjimup Shire Council appreciated the funding being allocated for the passing lane, there were still other locations that needed work.
He said the potential works between the portion of South Western Highway between the intersections with Vasse Highway and Wheatley Coast Road also needed needed to be progressed.
South West roads will receive $9.05 million of work as part of the WA Safer Roads program’s $28.4 million investment.
State Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said while many people travelled on WA roads without getting involved in serious accidents, the fact remained that vehicle came with “an inherent risk”.
“Safer Roads’ aim is to create more forgiving roads and roadside environments to reduce safety risks and the trauma and suffering of crash victims and their loved one,” she said.
“Simple things like widening or realigning a problem stretch or road can make a huge difference.”