The 4km extension to the Roelands Hill Climbing Lane is progressing well with final pavement works underway. These works commence just prior to the existing truck pull-off bay, and extend to the overtaking lane at the top of the hill. The finished works will provide a continuous seven kilometre long climbing lane over Roelands Hill. A sealed shoulder will be provided to enhance safety for motorists and cyclists.
Until the end of April 2014 these works will result in significant impacts to Coalfields Highway with stop/go traffic management in place. While delays so far have not been significant, delays of up to 15 minutes may apply, depending on the activity being undertaken.
Main Roads will be working with its Contractors to minimise delays where possible, however, road users should plan for disruptions. The Contractor is required to keep a minimum of one lane open between 6.00 am and 7.30 am, and 3.30 pm to 6.00 pm, but temporary closure of all lanes may be implemented at other times on an as-required basis.
Please pay attention to directions given by traffic controllers to ensure the safety of all road users and workers.
Our latest newsletter provides an update on other sections of the project. For our previous updates, please see the August 2013 newsletter.
The Roelands Hill section is one of five along the Coalfields Highway that will be upgraded as part of an extensive works program to improve the safety of the road.
Previously, in 2011, Main Roads completed the upgrade of Coalfields Highway between Allanson and Collie. The latest map, shows the current and remaining works. A brief scope of works for each of the remaining sections is detailed below.
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.
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 confirmed that an additional $28 million would be provided to continue upgrading works on the Highway with the following delivery timeframe:
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