Green light for WA Regional Road Safety Package

Media Release

DC402/2017

08 December 2017

  • $44.2 million federal funding approved for 16 projects
  • Upgrades to include widening, sealing, overtaking lanes and intersection improvements
  • Package to be funded by Australian and WA governments on an 80:20 basis

The Australian Government has signed off on its $44.2 million contribution to Western Australia's Regional Road Safety Package, to be rolled out over the next four years in partnership with the state government.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the funding was part of the Australian Government's $1.6 billion contribution to a $2.3 billion road and rail infrastructure package that would improve safety, ease congestion and keep the state's economy moving.

“The 16 individual projects will include improvements to major regional routes such as the South West Highway, Boyanup-Capel Road, Indian Ocean Drive, Brand Highway, the Great Northern Highway and the North West Coastal Highway,” Mr Chester said.

“Through this package, we are committed to tackling dangerous roads across the state by investing in road widening, shoulder sealing, new overtaking lanes, intersection improvements and other safety upgrades.”

“The projects included in the package have been prioritised based on factors such as economy of scale, deliverability and cost effectiveness, with the Western Australia Government committing $11.05 million towards them.

“The various projects are progressing well, with a contract recently awarded to deliver the $11 million Albany Lake Grace (Chester Pass Road)—Amelup Curves project, which will improve safety and make life easier for heavy vehicle operators, benefitting the entire Great Southern regional economy.”

Project values range from $1.5 million toward the Goldfields Highway and the Great Northern Highway, to $11 million for curve improvements, intersection upgrades and two new bridges on Albany Lake Grace (Chester Pass Road)—Amelup Curves.

The various upgrades will be undertaken between 2017–18 and 2019–20. The Australian Government has committed a total of $44.2 million and the Western Australian Government a total of $11.05 million to fund the package.

Minister Darren Chester with Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson at Parliament House in Canberra.

Minister Darren Chester with Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson - working together to improve WA’s regional roads.

Minister Darren Chester with Member for Pearce Christian Porter on the side of a road with a map.

Minister Darren Chester with Member for Pearce Christian Porter - working together to improve WA’s regional roads.