$8.56 million of upgrades to South Western Highway progressing

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The WA Government is spending $8.56 million to improve safety on various sections of the South Western Highway in the State’s South-West.

WA Premier Mark McGowan joined Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke in Harvey to inspect the recently upgraded section near Wagerup.

Safety upgrades include the widening and sealing of shoulders; removing vegetation; installing barriers at various locations; and installing a 600 millimetre centre line and audible edge lines.

The $6.5 million road improvements, which span 26 kilometres over two separate sections of the South Western Highway – between Brunswick and Wokalup as well as Waroona and Yarloop, are expected to be completed by mid-2019.

In the lower south-west, an extra $940,000 has been allocated to undertake further widening and improvement works later this year on the highway near North Walpole and Northcliffe.

In addition to these upgrades, $1.12 million has also been allocated to allow for planning and development work to be undertaken for future improvements at various locations along the highway, including:

  • $520,000 to plan for further upgrades between Harvey and Wokalup, including widening and sealing shoulders to two metres and installing a central median strip;
  • $300,000 towards a future roundabout at the intersection of South Western Highway and Vittoria Road in Bunbury; and
  • $300,000 towards plans for future north and southbound passing lanes between Yornup and Palgarup; a northbound passing lane near Cookernup; and a southbound passing lane at Harvey North.

The WA Government is spending more than $2 billion between 2018-19 and 2021-22 towards road infrastructure and maintenance initiatives to improve regional roads across Western Australia.

Source: WA Government

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