$6.5m highway upgrades to boost safety
Premier Mark McGowan and Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke made a pit stop in Wagerup last Friday to see how upgrades were progressing on South Western Highway.
The $6.5 million road improvements — which span 26km over two separate sections of the highway between Brunswick and Wokalup, as well as Waroona and Yarloop — are expected to be completed by mid year.
Mr McGowan said the upgrades were part of $2 billion being spent on regional roads to improve safety across the State.
“The upgrades to South Western Highway will make a big difference to road users throughout the South West and improve road safety in the region,” Mr McGowan said.
Safety upgrades along the highway include the widening and sealing of shoulders, removing vegetation, installing barriers at various locations, installing a 600mm centre line and audible edge lines.
Another $1.12 million has been set aside for future improvements in locations such as Harvey, Wokalup, Bunbury and Cookernup.
These include further upgrades between Harvey and Wokalup, including widening and sealing shoulders to two metres and installing a central median strip, a northbound passing lane near Cookernup, and a southbound passing lane at Harvey North.
Ms Clarke said she was pleased to be able to deliver much needed funding to fix South Western Highway.
“The highway is a notorious stretch of road and a well-known black spot. This funding will go a long way to making it safer for drivers,” Ms Clarke said.
“These upgrades, including widening the shoulders, installing safety barriers in various locations and installing audible edging, will be welcomed by the community.”
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