South West motorists urged to plan ahead as road safety upgrades commence

Taylar AmoniniBusselton Dunsborough Times
Roads Minister Paul Papalia.
Camera IconRoads Minister Paul Papalia. Credit: Simon Santi/The West Australian, Simon Santi The West Australian Picture: Simon Santi

The South West will take a more than $41 million share in funding for road upgrades as part of the biggest regional road safety program the State has seen.

Approximately 430 kilometres of the region’s roads will see upgrade works of important safety treatments such as shoulder sealing, audible edge and audible centre lines installed.

With $980 million of road works being delivered in the region already underway, Roads Minister Paul Papalia reminded motorists to be patients and plan ahead as the major roadworks are being completed.

Traffic management remains in place on Bussell Highway as stage one of the duplication project, which includes five kilometres of dual carriageway, nears completion.

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“This is the biggest single investment in regional road safety WA has ever seen,” Mr Papalia said.

“Sadly, far too many crashes still occur in our regional area. many of these crashes are a result of simple mistakes and single vehicle run offs.

“Safety treatments like these will make a huge difference and make these roads safer.”

Safety improvement work to realign three kilometres of the South West highway near Brookhampton has also commenced, along with pre construction work for a roundabout at Vittoria Road.

Roads receiving the safety installations include Coalfields Highway, Collie-Mumballup Road, Boyanup Picton Road, Lakelands-Lake Clifton Road, Brockman Highway, Bannister-Marradong Road, Greenlands Road, Melville-Mandurah Road, Pinjarra Road, South Western Highway, Sues Road, Vasse Highway and Forrest Highway.

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