Western Australia Minister for Transport Simon O’Brien
$4 Million Upgrade For Indian Ocean Drive
Victor P Taffa
A new passing lane is included in works under way on a $4 Million upgrade of a 24-km Section of Indian Ocean Drive between Yanchep and Seabird, North of Perth.
Transport Minister Simon O’Brien said Western Australian Contractor Riverlea Corporation had won the construction contract, including road widening and intersection improvements.
“This project will improve safety and transport efficiency on an important section of Indian Ocean Drive.” Mr. O’Brien said.
“Funding comes from the State and Commonwealth and should be completed before Christmas.”
Works will extend from approximately 12 km North of Yanchep to just South of the Seabird turnoff and include:
- Widening of nearly 24 km of existing bitumen road to 9 Metres;
- Upgrades to the Gingin Brook Road and Caraban Road intersections, including auxiliary lanes and turning pockets;
- Construction of a 1.8-km long Northbound overtaking lane just North of the Guilderton turnoff.
“The project will improve safety and traffic flow by providing wider lanes with sealed shoulders, increased overtaking opportunities and cutting travelling times,” the Minister said.
“The intersection improvements will allow vehicles to turn left or right into the relevant side roads without impeding through-traffic.” Mr. O’Brien said.
Riverlea Corporation will use regional goods and services to an estimated value of $300,000, providing an economic boost for the region.
The 24-km section of road forms part of Indian Ocean Drive linking Perth to Dongara and the Mid-West, complementing the nearby $106 Million Lancelin to Cervantes Road Project the final link in the Indian Ocean Drive route.
The Lancelin-Cervantes project is expected to be completed later this year, transferring an estimated 1,000 vehicles per day to the route from Brand Highway.