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Indian Ocean Drive upgrades to add 20 minute delays

Major safety upgrades are set to begin on a 33km stretch of road on Indian Ocean Drive – north of Perth – as a part of a major Western Australian road safety project.

Located between Leeman and the Brand Highway, the upgrades will widen the road, realign eight kilometres between Eneabba-Coolimba Road and Freshwater Bay, and construct two new overtaking lanes.

This will see a 48km section of Indian Ocean Drive, between Eneabba-Coolimba Road and Brand Highway, closed for through traffic from April 2024 as construction commences.

Driver will have to detour via Eneabba-Coolimba Road and Brand Highway until November, with up to 20 minutes added to your journey.

State transport minster Rita Saffioti says it will be an important upgrade for WA’s roads.

“Our government places a high priority on improving the safety of Indian Ocean Drive, which is why we are delivering this $55 million project,” she says.

“Last year we completed widening to about 25-kilometres between Jurien Bay and Greenhead, and this next tranche of works will help to significantly improve the Leeman to Brand section of the road.

“Since 2020, more than $30 million of safety upgrades have been made to Indian Ocean Drive, including the installation of over 200 kilometres of audible edge and centre lines, construction of four overtaking lanes and the installation of safety barriers and new warning, advisory and multi-lingual signage.”

A $41.7 million contract for the works was awarded to Central Earthmoving in December last year. This project follows the recent widening of 25km of Indian Ocean Drive between Jurien Bay and Greenhead last year and the installation of more than 200 kilometres of audible edge and centre lines.

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