The remaining works from west of Wellington Dam Road to the newly completed Hamilton River section will commence later in 2015 with the aim of opening these sections to traffic by mid-2016.
In addition to road upgrades, Minister for Transport Dean Nalder recently announced that during June 2015, a trial will be conducted to assess whether longer road trains should be allowed to travel down Roelands Hill on the Coalfields Highway. The trial will determine if road trains measuring 36.5 metres can safely use the highway. Currently, road trains measuring 27.5 metres can descend Roelands Hill, but longer vehicles have to stop and break down to single trailers, adding extra time to their trip.
The 2.6 kilometre Hamilton River section between the water pipeline and the previously completed Shine's section was sealed and opened to traffic in May 2015 – one year earlier than previously programmed.The project included realignment of the Hamilton River causeway, reinstatement of the passing lanes, improved drainage, widened road shoulders and safety barriers.
Benefits of the roadworks include;
Sincere thanks to all road users, residents, businesses and campsite patrons for your patience during the works.
Previously completed works include:
The Coalfields Highway Upgrade is a $53 million project that is expected to increase safety, increased overtaking opportunities and ultimately reduce the number and severity of crashes.
For further information regarding the history of this project please see our previous updates, theApril 2014 newsletter and the August 2013 newsletter.
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 initially announced, the 2013/14 State Budget confirmed that an additional $28 million would be provided to continue upgrading works on the Highway with the following delivery timeframe:
While the Wellington Section has been delayed by the National Park excision process the project is still on track to be completed by late 2016. The project is still on track to be completed by late 2016.
We have been working closely with local Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) staff throughout this project in an effort to minimise the impacts of the project on the environment, particularly where the new road interfaces with Welllington National Park. We have committed to the following measures to reduce impacts both before and after construction:
Sustainable outcomes have been a priority with the following initiatives already implemented:
Working with the local offices of the Department of Parks and Wildlife, we have undertaken a number of environmental surveys and heritage consultations to determine impacts and how they can be managed throughout the project. This information was 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 (8.00 am - 6.00 pm)Fax: (08) 9450 1261Email: firstname.lastname@example.org