South Coast Highway

 

Overview

The next stage 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 are set to commence 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 is currently underway on the first stage of the Pfeiffer Road to Cheynes Beach Road project. This involves 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

Subject to final environmental approvals, works for this next stage are scheduled to be completed by April 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 (currently underway):

  • Stage 1 involves the reconstruction and minor realignment of the 4 kilometre long section from Pfeiffer Road towards Cheynes Beach Road.
  • This $5 million project will involve full reconstruction of the road pavement and modifications to the road geometry by increasing the bitumen seal width from 6 to 9 metres. This will provide two traffic lanes, each 3.5 metres wide, plus two 1 metre wide sealed shoulders. The works will also substantially improve the clear zone and curve radius.
  • Works commenced in October 2016, and is anticipated to be completed in early 2017.

Pfieffer Road to Cheynes Beach Road – Stage 2 (to commence 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 are earmarked to commence in February 2017, scheduled for completion in April 2017.

 

Further information

Tel: 138 138

Email: enquiries@mainroads.wa.gov.au

 

Modified: 30 Nov 2016