Chester Road Upgrade Meets New Standards

Chester Road Upgrade Meets New Standards

Western Australia Minister for Transport Simon O’Brien

State Government Begins Chester Pass Road Upgrade

Victor P Taffa

Transport Minister Simon O’Brien today announced a $5.8 Million Upgrade will start next week to improve safety and traffic flow of a high priority section of Chester Pass Road at Albany.

“This is an important freight route that has been recognised by the State Government as being in need of long overdue improvements.” Mr. O’Brien said.

Fulton Hogan Construction Pty Ltd has been awarded the $5.8 Million contract to rebuild and widen a 5.67 km section of Chester Pass Road through the Stirling Range National Park a stretch of road also known as the Moingup Springs section.

Mr. O’Brien said the deteriorating aged pavement and road seal required reconstruction and widening to meet current Main Roads standards.



The new and improved Chester Pass Road will be widened from the existing approximate six metre wide seal to an eight metre wide seal on an 11 metre formation, which will provide two 3.5 metre traffic lanes, a 0.5 metre sealed shoulder and a 1.5 metre unsealed shoulder.

“The works will also involve replacing and improving road drainage structures, improving the road’s horizontal and vertical geometry, as well as upgrading a tourist parking bay.” the Minister said.

“The work is being undertaken to improve road safety and traffic flow to an essential link between the Regional Port of Albany and the Rural Agricultural Area to its North.”

The work is scheduled to start next month and expected to be completed by March 2011.

Mr. O’Brien said the contract was another example of a small to medium package of works being competitively tendered in line with the Government’s requirements that a minimum of $20 Million of smaller road construction contracts were publicly tendered each year.