Road Improvements Continue

Road Improvements Continue

Western Australia Minister for Transport Simon O’Brien

Manjimup-Mount Barker Route To Improve

Victor P Taffa

Road users will be able to travel the full distance between Manjimup and Mount Barker on a two-lane road from February next year, with the final two kilometres of Muirs Highway being widened.

Transport Minister Simon O’Brien announced today that Southern Roads Services had been awarded a $1.48 Million contract to carry out improvement works on two kilometres of the Perup section of Muirs Highway between Manjimup and Mount Barker.

Mr. O’Brien said the project involved widening the road to an eight-metre seal; realigning the road to eliminate several sharp bends and crests; installing a new layer of pavement; sealing; and installing signage and linemarking.

“Currently this section of Muirs Highway has a 3.7-metre wide sealed surface, which is not wide enough for linemarking along the centreline of the road, resulting in vehicles having to drive partially on the unsealed shoulders to overtake.” Mr. O’Brien said.

 

“This type of road environment is not favourable as it results in an increased crash risk for road users and therefore this work is aimed at significantly improving road safety.”

“Muirs Highway is an important connection between Manjimup and Mount Barker, providing access for the agricultural and forestry industries.” Mr. O’Brien said.

The work is scheduled to start this month and be completed by February 2011.