South Coast Highway

 

Overview

Stage One of safety improvements along South Coast Highway were announced in a joint statement by the Transport and Road Safety Minister in November 2016.

These works between Pfeiffer Road and Cheynes Beach Road commenced in February 2017, following the $5 million funding announcement to improve road safety along this section of South Coast Highway.

South Coast Highway links the City of Albany and the town of Esperance, providing an important freight transport corridor servicing the ports of Albany and Esperance.

It is a major east-west inter-regional route that connects Ravensthorpe, Boxwood Hill, Jerramungup and Esperance through to Albany.

 

Project update

Works along South Coast Highway have occurred in a staged approach in recent years.

Construction of Stage One is complete. This involved the reconstruction and minor realignment of a four-kilometre section of the highway.

 

This next stage of works involves a 2.5 kilometre reconstruction and realignment of South Coast Highway, directly adjacent to the Cheynes Beach Road intersection.

 

Environment

Stage One works were completed in May 2017. Works for the next stage of this project (Stage 2) have commenced with clearing of the adjacent area complete. Stage 2 is now on hold during the winter months and are scheduled to recommence at the end of 2017.

 

Project benefits

The project will deliver improved road safety and shorter travel times for motorists.

 

Project scope

Pfieffer Road to Cheynes Beach Road – Stage 1 (Completed in May 2017):

  • Stage 1 involved the reconstruction and minor realignment of the 4 kilometre long section from Pfeiffer Road towards Cheynes Beach Road.
  • This $5 million project involved full reconstruction of the road pavement and modifications to the road geometry by increasing the bitumen seal width from 6 to 9 metres. This provided 3.5 metres wide lanes, plus one metre wide sealed shoulders in both directions. The works will also substantially improve the clear zone and curve radius.
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Pfieffer Road to Cheynes Beach Road – Stage 2 (commenced early 2017):

  • Stage 2 continues on from Stage 1, and involves the reconstruction and realignment of the 2.5 kilometre section adjacent to the Cheynes Beach Road intersection.
  • This section has significant pavement defects and a very tight curve, which has been the site of numerous truck rollover incidents.
  • This $5 million project will involve full reconstruction of the road pavement and a major realignment of the existing curve. The bitumen seal width will be increased from 6 metres to 9 metres, which will provide two traffic lanes, each 3.5 metres wide, plus two 1 metre wide sealed shoulders.
  • Works commenced in February 2017; these are now on-hold over the winter months and are scheduled to recommence at the end of  2017.

 

Further information

Tel: 138 138

Email: enquiries@mainroads.wa.gov.au

 

Modified: 15 May 2017