New passing lanes open on Indian Ocean Drive between Yanchep and Lancelin

New passing lanes open on Indian Ocean Drive between Yanchep and Lancelin

FOUR new passing lanes on Indian Ocean Drive to improve safety between Yanchep and Lancelin are now open to traffic.

The lanes feature a wide centre line treatment (WCLT) to create more space between opposing traffic and provide additional reaction time if a driver drifts across the centre line towards oncoming traffic.

Construction of the lanes started in April after a road safety review of Indian Ocean Drive.

This means there are now seven northbound and eight southbound passing lanes between Yanchep and Lancelin, which is one every five minutes if travelling at 90km/h.

“The passing lanes provide drivers with additional opportunities to overtake slower moving vehicles in a safe manner,” Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said.

Many of the other recommendations such as a speed limit reduction, audible edge and centre lines, increased police patrols, more signage and additional overtaking lanes were implemented at the time of the release of the review.

The latest upgrade cost nearly $7 million and this year, further works worth $20 million will be undertaken by the State Government to improve the remainder of the southern section of the highway.

This will include installing an extra 43km of WCLT between Breakwater Drive and the southernmost new passing lane.

The work will take place from January 2019 to 2021 and will include various intersection improvements between Two Rocks and Lancelin.

“These works, and those to be delivered over the next few years, are designed to provide a more forgiving road environment and keep travellers safe,” Ms Saffioti said.

“More police patrols, along with speed surveys every three months on the section of road where the speed zone was reduced, have generally shown good compliance.”