Western Australia Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti
$10 Million To Improve Road Safety On Two Major Freight Roads
Victor P Taffa
- McGowan Government secures Commonwealth funding to upgrade key Wheatbelt roads
- $10 Million for two packages of works, Toodyay Road at Jingaling Brook and Harper Brook, and Great Eastern Highway near El Caballo
- Investment will make roads safer for drivers as well as support and create local jobs
- McGowan Government continues record investment in regional road funding
McGowan Government has welcomed additional funding by the Commonwealth Government to upgrade key roads in the Wheatbelt area.
“McGowan Government is committed to upgrading and maintaining our regional roads, which is why we welcome this additional investment in key regional infrastructure by the Commonwealth Government.” Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said.
“Toodyay Road is a key route out to the Wheatbelt, and this funding will improve safety and efficiency while also creating and supporting local jobs.”
Toodyay Road will undergo $7 Million worth of upgrades, with 3.5 km of reconstruction works around Jingaling Brook and 2 km of widening works at Harper Brook.
Audible edge lines and a one-metre wide centreline treatment will be installed to reduce head-on crashes, while a westbound overtaking lane will also be constructed approximately 14 km outside of Toodyay.
Project is expected to create and support approximately 45 local jobs and is jointly funded by the State and Federal governments.
An additional $3 Million will be spent replacing an ageing bridge on Great Eastern Highway over Coates Gully near El Caballo, with the jointly funded project expected to create up to 20 jobs.
Bridge carries approximately 6,400 vehicles per day and is on a critical freight route to the Eastern States, with 17 % of traffic being heavy vehicles.