Highway upgrade closer to reality

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Nicolette BarbasHarvey-Waroona Reporter

Upgrades to a section of road on South Western Highway is closer to reality following a decision made at last week’s Harvey Shire Council meeting.

A unanimous decision was made by the council to support the future dedication of land to be acquired for the upgrades.

Main Roads WA has prepared plans for the construction of a northbound overtaking lane near Cookernup, from Riverdale Road heading north for approximately 1.7km.

The project forms part of Main Roads’ long-term safety improvement strategy along the highway between Pinjarra and Roelands.

Harvey shire president Tania Jackson said the overtaking lane would benefit the safety of drivers travelling along the highway.

“We’ve seen upgrades over the last few years which have improved the safety along that highway so it is good to see further work being done.”

Main Roads WA spokesperson Dean Roberts said the addition of the overtaking lane would increase safety between Harvey and Yarloop.

“The introduction of the wider sealed shoulders will likely reduce run-off road crashes,” Mr Roberts said.

“The introduction of a 0.6m wide centre line treatment will increase vehicle separation distance, alert drivers when crossing the centre line and reduce the potential for head-on collisions.

“When completed, the improvements will enhance social amenity, road safety and efficiency.”

While interruptions are highly likely for roadworks of this nature, Mr Roberts said the required traffic management would be set up to minimise delays.

The development of the project is well advanced and looks set for construction by the end of 2020.

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