Re­gion’s roads to re­ceive up­grade

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - News - Tari Jef­fers

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.”

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