Construction of passing lanes on Indian Ocean Drive between Seabird and Lancelin starts

Construction of passing lanes on Indian Ocean Drive between Seabird and Lancelin starts

CONSTRUCTION of passing lanes on Indian Ocean Drive between Seabird and Lancelin has started.

Central Earthmoving won the $4.25 million passing lane contract and construction is expected to finish by December.

The State Government initiated the safety review last year in response to a series of serious and fatal crashes between Lancelin and Two Rocks.

Key short to medium term recommendations from the report included lowering the speed limit – which was reduced to 100km/h immediately last November – and construction of more passing lanes.

WA Police has also continued to provide strong traffic enforcement measures.

Two northbound and two southbound passing lanes are part of an overall $7 million package of works to improve safety on Indian Ocean Drive, funded by the Regional Road Safety Package.

“We hope these works, combined with the lowering of the speed limit and new audible edge lines, will make the road a lot safer and potentially save lives,” Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.

“Traffic volumes along Indian Ocean Drive can reach up to 5500 vehicles per day.

“The construction of these four additional passing lanes will help improve road safety for local residents and tourists alike.”

Road Safety Minister Michelle Roberts said the passing lanes were part of a broader program of improvements to Indian Ocean Drive.

“I urge everyone to drive within the speed limit and drive to the conditions,” she said.

“It is one of the roads on which you can expect to see an increased police presence, including our new Regional Enforcement Unit.”

Future works include a design review of intersections between Two Rocks and Lancelin, installation of more audible line markings, work to increase the seal width.

There are also plans to create a 1m-wide centreline treatment for the entire length of the road, which will create a greater distance between opposing traffic, giving drivers more reaction time if someone unintentionally drifts across the centre line towards oncoming traffic.

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