Western Australia Minister for Transport Simon O’Brien
Pinjarra-Williams Road To Benefit From Safer Roads Funding
Victor P Taffa
A section of the Pinjarra-Williams Road, 13 km East of Pinjarra, is being widened to improve transport efficiency and safety along the busy route.
In awarding the $650,000 contract to Southern Roads Services, Transport Minister Simon O’Brien said the improvements involved widening and sealing the shoulders along a one-kilometre section of the road, increasing the seal width to Nine Metres.
Road safety barriers would be installed on certain sections to ensure a safer environment for road users. Works begin this month and completed by late July.
“The upgrade and widening works are being funded under the State Government’s Safer Roads Program and are part of a much bigger schedule to upgrade the Pinjarra-Williams Road, part of the major route between the Wheatbelt and coastal ports.” Mr. O’Brien said.
“The Safer Roads Program aims to create a more forgiving roadside for the travelling public and, in this case, the works will help reduce the number of single vehicle run off road crashes and other significant road safety risks such as head on crashes.”
Murray-Wellington MLA Murray Cowper said the work would improve road safety for locals, tourists and the increasing amount of road transport traffic using the road.
“With Forrest Highway now opened and Greenlands Road also being upgraded, the Pinjarra-Williams Road are the next vital link to be improved.” Mr. Cowper said.
“Forrest Highway’s crash record to date has proven how important it is to provide funding for road upgrades and safety improvements.”