Densford Civil and Marine and Civil Joint Venture have been awarded the contract to improve safety on Albany Lake Grace Road (Chester Pass Road) - known as Amelup Curves- in the Great Southern region in Western Australia.
$11 million has been allocated for the upgrade works as it aims to improve road safety and provide an easy of convenience for heavy vehicle operators. The project is part of Western Australia Regional Road Safety $55.35 million Package.
According to Darren Chester, Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, works will include upgrading two intersections between North Stirling Road and Smith Road and widening and straightening four kilometres of road.
“Chester Pass Road forms part of a critical route linking Albany to the Southern Wheatbelt, and it provides access from the surrounding farming areas to the regional service centre of Albany,” Mr Chester said.
To help mitigate the effects of flood events and reduce significant disruption to road transport, Western Australian Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said two new bridges would be built over Martaquin Creek and Ongerup Creek.
“This road has seen a number of incidents in recent years, including heavy vehicle roll-overs, particularly in the vicinity of Amelup, so these upgrades, along with the construction of two new bridges, will greatly improve safety for all road users including heavy vehicle operators,” Ms Saffioti said.
$14 million worth of funding has been delivered for a key Kalgoorlie election commitment to make a dual carriageway between Great Eastern Highway, Anzac Drive and Gatacre Drive.
This road forms the gateway to the Goldfields and is the only section within the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder that is not a dual carriageway.
The project is expected to create about 100 hobs within design and engineering work and on the upgrades currently underway with Main Roads Western Australia.
Works will includes improved drainage to carry water to an open channel and away from the highway via pipes located beneath the road surface.
The road upgrade is expected to improve both safety and accessibility for around 8,000 vehicles, 15 percent of these are heavy vehicles ranging up to 53.5 metres long, that frequently use this section of Great Eastern Highway every day
Work for the Amelup Curves project is expected to start in December 2017 and be completed mid-2018.
Construction is expected to start on the Kalgoorlie upgrade in the second quarter of 2018-2019 with the upgrades to be completed in June 2019.
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