More than $250 million of regional road upgrades rolling out across Western Australia

More than $250 million of road safety upgrades will be rolled out across approximately 4,000 kilometres of regional Western Australian roads this financial year, reducing the risk of run-off-road crashes and supporting local jobs.

Funded through the Regional Road Safety Program, low cost treatments such as sealing existing unsealed road shoulders and installing audible edge or centre lines to warn drivers who veer over the white line, will be delivered across the State.

The Regional Road Safety Program is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Western Australian Governments, with an initial $100 million of works underway already, and another $158 million allocated to be spent by the end of this financial year.  

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government had allocated billions of dollars to road improvements across regional Australia.

"We committed $500 million for targeted road safety upgrades across Australia as part of our infrastructure stimulus package in June, as well as an additional $2 billion for the Road Safety Program in the 2020-21 Budget," the Deputy Prime Minister said.

"This funding will be rolled out on a 'use it or lose it basis', which means the delivery of life-saving upgrades to regional roads across Western Australia is on the horizon.

"This is also about supporting local jobs and providing a welcome boost to local economies at the same time - we are backing our regions to drive the nation's economic recovery."

The Australian Government's funding for the Road Safety Program is subject to 'use it or lose it' provisions and will deliver life-saving treatments to regional roads across Western Australia, while also supporting local jobs and providing a welcome boost to local economies.

The 'use it or lose it' provisions require States and Territories to use their notionally allocated funds within a timeframe, or the funds can be reallocated to projects in other jurisdictions.

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan said the program would roll out more potential lifesaving treatments on up to 7,000 kilometres of roads across regional Western Australia.

"As the economy rebuilds we have more people getting back to business and work, as well as people choosing to 'Wander out Yonder' in our beautiful State, it's important we make sure our roads are as safe as possible for all users," Premier McGowan said.

"This tranche of funding will provide much needed upgrades to key roads all across our State from the Kimberley to the Great Southern, supporting local jobs and providing a much-needed economic boost to the regions."

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said regional roads were vital to the economy-shaping work of the State's freight fleet.

"From Western Australia's world-class wool to the thriving iron-ore exports, local truckies work hard travelling the regional road network to keep the economy ticking along and businesses running by getting goods to markets," Assistant Minister Buchholz said.

"By funding road safety programs like this, we are continuing to support the economy-shaping work while ensuring they make it home safe at the end of each trip - nothing is more important than that."

Western Australian Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said work on the 34 projects funded by the $100 million were already underway with another 62 projects, worth $158 million to get off the ground.

"We have worked hard to secure this money and by the end of the financial year low cost treatments such as shoulder widening and the installation of audible edge lines will be rolled out across 4,000 kilometres of rural roads," Ms Saffioti said.

"This jointly funded program will make a huge difference to our regional roads, providing potentially lifesaving treatments such as shoulder widening and the installation of audible edge lines."

Federal Member for Canning Andrew Hastie, who was on site today, said funding provided through the Program delivers cost-efficient improvements that make travelling safer for locals and tourists in regional Western Australia.

"The Canning electorate will benefit from over $21 million in Program funding for a range of works, improving regional roads throughout Murray-Wellington, Darling Range and Mandurah," Mr Hastie said.

Key projects funded through this tranche include more than $8 million for upgrades to Great Northern Highway, more than $7 million for North West Coastal Highway and more than $5 million for upgrades to Albany Highway in Wagin.

The $455 million commitment to improve road safety across the State is jointly funded by the Australian and Western Australian Governments.

 

Regional Road Safety Program - Proposed Works in 2020-21
 Road Name/ Corridor Length     (Km) Treatments To Be Applied
Mass action treatments and/or targeted location treatments
Region July 2020 allocation ($100 million)   January 2021 allocation ($158 million)
1 Albany Highway (Cranbrook to Mount Barker) 39.0 Sealing  shoulders on existing formation and install audible edge lines Great Southern   4,440,150
2 Albany Highway (end of dual carriageway to Gleneagles) 15.6 Widen sealed shoulders to current formation and install audible edge lines Metro 1,435,200  
3 Albany Highway (Gleneagles to Williams) 105.7 Widen sealed shoulders to current formation and install audible edge lines Wheatbelt 8,456,000  
4 Albany Highway (Kojonup Airport to Kojonup Town) 7.6 Widen sealed shoulders to current formation and install audible edge lines Great Southern 590,460  
5 Albany Highway (Mount Barker to Albany) 43.7 Widen sealed shoulders to current formation and install audible edge lines Great Southern 4,020,400  
6 Albany Highway (Williams to Arthur River) 38.0 Sealing shoulders on existing formation and install audible edge lines Wheatbelt   5,169,093
7 Bannister Marradong Rd (Albany Highway to Boddington) 4.0 Seal shoulders on widened formation and install audible edge lines South West   2,796,200
8 Bindoon Moora Rd (Boxhall Road to Purser Road) 25.5 Seal shoulders on existing formation, enabling works required (drainage), install audible edge lines Wheatbelt   2,903,175
9 Boyanup Picton Road (Boyanup to Dardanup) 9.3 Widen sealed shoulders to current formation and install audible edge lines South West 601,900  
10 Brand Highway (Cooljarloo to Badgingarra) 31.8 Widen sealed shoulders to current formation and install audible edge lines Mid West - Gascoyne 3,180,000  
11 Brockman Highway (Wright Road to Stewart Road) 26.2 Seal shoulders on existing formation and install audible edge lines South West   2,216,599
12 Brookton Highway (Canning Road to Regional Boundary) 25.5 Widen sealed shoulders to current formation and install audible edge lines Metro 2,347,200  
13 Brookton Highway (Regional Boundary to Brookton) 72.3 Widen sealed shoulders to current formation and install audible edge lines Wheatbelt 5,476,800  
14 Brookton Highway (Karlgarin Nature Reserve) 4.8 Seal shoulders on widened formation and install audible edge lines Wheatbelt   1,866,480
15 Brookton Highway (Kondinin to Carlson Road) 9.4 Seal shoulders on widened formation and install audible edge lines Wheatbelt   1,796,036
16 Burkett Road (North West Coastal Hwy to Minilya Exmouth Road) 78.5 Widen sealed shoulders to current formation and install audible edge lines Mid West - Gascoyne 4,700,000  
17 Calingiri-Wongan Hills Road (Wilding Rd to Cemetary Rd) 38.0 Seal shoulders on existing formation and install audible edge lines Wheatbelt   3,072,300
18 Chester Pass Road (South Coast Highway to Stirling Ranges National Park) 5.8 Widen sealed shoulders to current formation and install audible edge lines Great Southern 467,200  
19 Chidlow-York Road (east of St Ronans) 2.3 Road realignment and overlay, sealing of shoulders and install audible edge lines Wheatbelt   5,500,000
20 Coalfields Highway (Gibbs Siding Road to Clarke Road) 26.8 Install audible edge lines Wheatbelt   265,320
21 Coalfields Highway (Roelands to Worsley) 11.7 Install audible edge lines South West 461,000  
22 Collie-Preston Road (Collie to South of Horrocks Road) 6.8 Install audible edge lines South West   77,732
23 Collie-Preston Road (Collie to South of Horrocks Road) 6.8 Widen sealed shoulders to current formation South West 393,240  
24 Collie-Preston Road (Horrocks Road to Mumballup) 13.7 Install audible edge lines South West   158,466
25 Coolgardie-Esperance Highway - Emu Rocks 4.2 Safety improvements involving road realignment, shoulder sealing, and install audible edge and centre lines Goldfields Esperance   10,010,000
26 Eyre Highway (Caiguna to SA Border) 351.0 Install audible edge lines Goldfields Esperance   3,088,800
27 Eyre Highway (Norseman to SA Border) 721.0 Install audible centre lines Goldfields Esperance   2,071,889
28 Great Eastern Highway (Coolgardie to West of Mungari Road) 15.0 Seal shoulders on existing formation, enabling works required (drainage) and install audible edge lines Goldfields Esperance   4,237,750
29 Great Eastern Highway (Cunderdin to Tammin) 24.1 Seal shoulders on existing formation and install audible edge lines Wheatbelt   1,948,485
30 Great Eastern Highway (East of Bodallin Road to West of Liddell Road 13.6 Seal shoulders on widened formation, including overlay and install audible edge lines Wheatbelt   6,018,606
31 Great Eastern Highway (Ghooli to Boorabbin Rest Area) 49.4 Widen sealed shoulders to current formation and install audible edge lines Goldfields - Esperance 4,185,000  
32 Great Eastern Highway (Kellerberrin to Walgoorlan) 90.3 Widen sealed shoulders to current formation and install audible edge lines Wheatbelt 5,869,500  
33 Great Eastern Highway (Northam Bypass) 11.7 Seal shoulders on existing formation and install audible edge lines Wheatbelt   945,945
34 Great Eastern Highway (Tammin to Kellerberrin) 21.7 Seal shoulders on existing formation and install audible edge lines Wheatbelt   1,754,445
35 Great Northern Highway (Ashburton Downs Meekatharra Road to Kumarina) 75.0 Widen sealed shoulders to current formation and install audible edge lines Mid West - Gascoyne 7,803,120  
36 Great Northern Highway (Broome Turnoff to Derby Turnoff) 146.0 Install audible edge lines Kimberley   990,000
37 Great Northern Highway (Derby Turnoff to North of Camballin Road) 35.0 Install audible edge lines Kimberley   346,104
38 Great Northern Highway (Halls Creek to Ord River Crossing) 37.8 Widen sealed shoulders to current formation and install audible edge lines Kimberley 2,352,000  
39 Great Northern Highway (Near Lagrange Turnoff) 39.0 Seal shoulders on existing formation and install audible edge lines Kimberley   3,953,442
40 Great Northern Highway (Near Leopold Downs Road) 10.9 Install audible edge lines Kimberley   113,905
41 Great Northern Highway (near Mt Robinson Rest Area and Karijini Drive Turnoff) 43.3 Seal shoulders on existing formation and install audible edge lines Pilbara   6,668,200
42 Great Northern Highway (Newman to Hope Downs 4 Mine Site Turnoff) 33.5 Seal shoulders on existing formation and install audible edge lines Pilbara   5,159,000
43 Great Northern Highway (Newman to Mount Robinson Rest Area)  71.9 Widen sealed shoulders to current formation and install audible edge lines Pilbara 8,628,000  
44 Great Northern Highway (North of Goldwyns Camp Access to Roebuck) 61.0 Widen sealed shoulders to current formation and install audible edge lines Kimberley 6,097,000  
45 Great Northern Highway (North of Halls Creek) 42.8 Install audible edge lines Kimberley   251,707
46 Great Northern Highway (Paynes Find to Oudabunna Station) 26.7 Seal shoulders on existing formation, enabling works required (drainage) and install audible edge lines
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Mid West Gascoyne   6,004,767
47 Great Northern Highway (South Camballin Road to Erskine Range) 29.8 Widen sealed shoulders to current formation and install audible edge lines Kimberley 3,480,000  
48 Great Northern Highway (South of Broome Turnoff) 9.2 Install audible edge lines Kimberley   90,585
49 Great Northern Highway (South of Fitzroy Crossing to Halls Creek) 278.0 Install audible edge lines Kimberley   2,752,200
50 Great Northern Highway (South of Ord River) 20.4 Install audible edge lines Kimberley   119,855
51 Great Southern Highway (Narrogin to Wagin) 46.7 Install audible edge lines Wheatbelt   462,528
52 Great Southern Highway (York to Gwambygine) 9.3 Seal shoulders on existing formation and install audible edge lines Wheatbelt   1,058,805
53 Greenlands Road 5.6 Install audible edge lines South West   215,600
54 Indian Ocean Drive (Cervantes to Jurien Bay)  22.0 Widen sealed shoulders to current formation and install audible edge lines Mid West - Gascoyne 1,758,400  
55 Indian Ocean Drive (Lancelin to Nilgen) 9.1 Widen sealed shoulders to current formation and install audible edge lines Mid West - Gascoyne 728,800  
56 Indian Ocean Drive (Nilgen to Cervantes) 67.6 Install audible edge lines Mid West Gascoyne   371,965
57 Indian Ocean Drive (Yanchep National Park to Log Road) 8.9 Seal shoulders on widened formation and install audible edge lines Mid West Gascoyne   2,200,000
58 Laverton-Leonora Rd (East of Leonora) 9.9 Seal shoulders on existing formation and install audible edge lines Goldfields Esperance   907,478
59 Mandurah Road (Lakelands to Mandjoogoordap Drive) 7.8 Asphalt Low Cost Shoulder Sealing South West   2,061,840
60 Minilya Exmouth Road (North of Coral Bay to South of Ningaloo Station Turnoff) 23.0 Seal shoulders on widened formation and install audible edge lines Mid West Gascoyne   7,678,550
61 Muir Highway (Denmark-Mount Barker Road to Mount Barker) 12.3 Seal shoulders on existing formation and install audible edge lines Great Southern   872,201
62 North West Coastal Hwy (North of Wooramel Roadhouse) 18.3 Seal shoulders on existing formation, enabling works required (drainage) and install audible edge lines Mid West Gascoyne   7,104,289
63 Northam Cranbrook Road (Broomehill-Jerramungup Road to Tambellup) 24.9 Widen sealed shoulders to current formation and install audible edge lines Great Southern 2,748,000  
64 Northam-Toodyay Road (Northam to Toodyay Road)  18.9 Widen sealed shoulders to current formation and install audible edge lines Wheatbelt 1,113,840  
65 Northam-York Road (Northam to York)  31.5 Widen sealed shoulders to current formation, install audible edge lines and culvert extensions. Wheatbelt 4,281,280  
66 Nungarin-Wyalkatchem Road (Wyalkatchem to Trayning)  30.0 Widen sealed shoulders to current formation, install audible edge lines and culvert extensions. Wheatbelt 4,357,000  
67 Nungarin-Wyalkatchem Road (Wyalkatchem to Trayning)  13.6 Seal shoulders on existing formation and install audible edge lines Wheatbelt   1,199,983
68 Old Coast Road (Dawesville to Forrest Highway) 32.9 Seal shoulders on existing formation and install audible edge lines South West   2,786,630
69 Old Coast Road/Mandurah Road (Mandjoogoordap Drive to Dawesville) 20.6 Asphalt Low Cost Shoulder Sealing South West   4,068,900
70 Pinjarra Road (Mandurah Road to Pinjarra) 16.9 Asphalt Low Cost Shoulder Sealing South West   4,451,040
71 Pinjarra-Williams Road (Pinjarra to Murray Road) 20.1 Install audible edge lines South West   231,693
72 Quairading-York Road (Dulbelling North Road to East of Toapin Road) 2.9 Seal shoulders on existing formation, enabling works required (drainage) and install audible edge lines Wheatbelt   2,651,165
73 Shark Bay Road (Whalebone Turnoff North) 10.0 Seal shoulders on existing formation and install audible edge lines Mid West Gascoyne   5,500,000
74 South Coast Highway (FQM Ravensthorpe to West Point Road) 11.3 Seal shoulders on existing formation and install audible edge lines Great Southern   985,629
75 South Coast Highway (Kalgan to Manypeaks) 17.9 Seal shoulders on existing formation and install audible edge lines Great Southern   1,880,395
76 South Coast Highway (Manypeaks to Pfeiffer Road) 2.3 Seal shoulders on existing formation and install audible edge lines Great Southern   244,839
77 South Coast Higway (Albany to King River) 5.7 Widen sealed shoulders to current formation and install audible edge lines Great Southern 482,800  
78 South Western Highway (Bridgetown to Manjimup) 33.2 Widen sealed shoulders to current formation and install audible edge lines South West 2,091,600  
79 South Western Highway (Burekup to Bunbury Outer Ring Road) 3.1 Widen sealed shoulders to current formation and install audible edge lines South West 192,200  
80 South Western Highway (Donnybrook to Bridgetown) 54.1 Widen sealed shoulders to current formation and install audible edge lines South West 1,550,000  
81 South Western Highway (Greenlands Road to Waroona) 21.3 Seal shoulders on existing formation and install audible edge lines South West   2,108,700
82 South Western Highway (Manjimup to Vasse Highway) 14.2 Seal shoulders on existing formation and install audible edge lines South West   1,260,952
83 South Western Highway (North Dandalup to Pinjarra) 14.5 Seal shoulders on existing formation and install audible edge lines South West   556,710
84 South Western Highway (Serpentine to North Dandalup) 17.3 Seal shoulders on existing formation and install audible edge lines South West   1,758,240
85 South Western Highway (South of Ant Road to North of Dixie Road) 9.0 Seal shoulders on widened formation and install audible edge lines South West   336,600
86 South Western Highway (Stanley Road to Albany) 25.6 Widen sealed shoulders to current formation and install audible edge lines Great Southern 600,000  
87 South Western Highway (Vasse Highway to Emerald Road) 4.0 Seal shoulders on widened formation and install audible edge lines South West   2,087,800
88 South Western Highway (Wagerup to North of Riverdale Road) 6.0 Seal shoulders on existing formation, enabling works required (drainage) and install audible edge lines South West   2,200,000
89 South Western Highway (Wallace Road to East of Deeside Coast Road) 7.0 Seal shoulders on widened formation and install audible edge lines South West   1,863,400
90 Sues Road (Bussell Highway to Brockman Highway) 58.6 Widen sealed shoulders to current formation and install audible edge lines South West 3,633,600  
91 Tom Price-Paraburdoo Road (North East of Paraburdoo) 39.4 Seal shoulders on widened formation and install audible edge lines Pilbara   7,782,500
92 Toodyay Road (Aspen Road to Dryandra Road) 6.2 Seal shoulders on widened formation and install audible edge lines Wheatbelt   3,928,870
93 Vasse Highway (Pemberton to South Western Hwy) 15.7 Widen sealed shoulders to current formation and install audible edge lines South West 1,099,000  
94 Vasse Highway (Sues Road to Nannup) 47.7 Widen sealed shoulders to current formation and install audible edge lines South West 2,013,000  
95 Victoria Highway (Four Mile Road to NT Border) 14.5 Seal shoulders on widened formation and install audible edge lines Kimberley   770,463
96 York - Merredin Road (Collier Street to O'Connor Street) 47.1 Widen sealed shoulders to current formation and install audible edge lines Wheatbelt 2,823,000