Upgrades to South West Hwy near Waroona

Upgrades to South West Hwy near Waroona

THE Federal Government has announced plans to implement $2 million worth of upgrades to the South-West highway near Waroona under the $55.25 million regional road safety package.

The upgrade will widen and seal the shoulders of the highway from Waroona to Yarloop.

Canning MHR Andrew Hastie said the project was one of 16 regional WA roads earmarked by the Federal Government for road safety improvements.

“Renewing and expanding public infrastructure is a priority across the Peel region,” he said.

“I’m pleased the South-West Highway is going to receive the upgrades it needs.”

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester said the 16 projects were selected based on an assessment of crash risk and road safety audits.

“From the Great Southern Region to the Pilbara, we are improving safety and boosting freight efficiency for regional industries by delivering more accessible roads for heavy vehicles,” he said.

“We are committed to better, safer roads to reduce the number of crashes leading to deaths and serious injuries.

“That is why we are investing in road widening, shoulder sealing, new overtaking lanes, intersection improvements and other important safety upgrades.”

The regional road safety package is part of a $2.3 billion road and rail infrastructure package to improve safety and ease congestion in WA.

The upgrades will be done between 2017 to 2018 and 2019 to 2020.