Main Roads WA’s South West Region’s project to upgrade the Coalfields Highway to improve safety for all road users will continue in 2014.
In 2011, Main Roads completed the upgrade of Coalfields Highway between Allanson and Collie, and has since been undertaking project development works on remaining sections, as shown on the latest map.
For our previous updates, please see the August 2013 newsletter.
The project will involve pre-construction works, such as land acquisition, service relocation, geotechnical investigations and a tender and contract award process.
Construction works have commenced on the Roelands Hill section and are due for completion by May 2014. Works will include clearing, earthworks, drainage, pavement construction, sealing and asphalt, line marking and signage, and landscaping and rehabilitation. Overall, there are five sections that are planned to be upgraded:
As part of Gastaldo West and East which are intended to be completed concurrently, there is a proposal to upgrade the Gastaldo Road intersection to include a right turn acceleration lane for vehicles turning right onto the Coalfields Highway.
Works are scheduled to commence later in 2015, subject to the timing of land acquisitions for the adjoining Hamilton River section.
Works have commenced in January 2014 to extend the climbing lane on Roelands Hill. The four kilometre extension, which starts prior to the truck pull-off bay will join the two existing climbing lanes to create a continuous 7km long dual lane over Roelands Hill. A sealed shoulder will be provided to enhance safety for motorists and cyclists. Environmental impacts are minimal, but approvals are being sought for the works, and a rehabilitation and revegetation program will be undertaken.
This section is expected to take 20 weeks to complete, and the impact on highway users will be significant. Main Roads will be advising highway users via newsletters, Variable Message Signs and briefings with stakeholders throughout construction.
The upgrade of the Coalfields Highway has been ongoing over the last 30 years. Further improvements are required for several reasons:
The project will:
Further to the $25 million allocation previously announced, the 2013/14 State Budget has confirmed that an additional $28 million will be provided to continue upgrading works on the Highway. The following delivery timeframe is planned:
Main Roads will advise affected landowners and the community about construction details and road access through the area.
The project benefits include:
Main Roads will be managing all social, environmental and economic impacts, including:
Working with the local offices of the Department of Parks and Wildlife, Main Roads has undertaken a number of environmental surveys and heritage consultations to determine impacts and how they can be managed throughout the project. This information has been used to prepare an Environmental Impact Assessment and subsequently, the project was referred to both the Environmental Protection Authority (State Government) and the Commonwealth Department of the Environment (formally Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities)
Roadworks information will be provided to the community on a regular basis via Variable Message Signs on site, advertising in the local media and on the South West Roadworks and Road Conditions page.
We welcome queries or feedback from the community. Please contact Carolyn Walker on:
Phone: (08) 9450 1445 (8am-6pm)Fax: (08) 9450 1261Email: email@example.com