WA puts $4.4 million into highway upgrades

WA to spend $4.4 million on upgrades to two of its major highways to improve safety

November 25, 2009

The Western Australian Government will spend $4.4 million on upgrades to two of the state’s major highways.

A section of the Brookton Highway will be reconstructed between the Mills and Aldersyde roads intersections, while widening works will be carried out on a 2.5 kilometre section of the Muirs Highway south east of Bunbury.

WA Transport Minister Simon O’Brien says the upgrades are important for the safety of road vehicles in the state.

"Muirs Highway provides an important connection between Manjimup and Mount Barker and provides access for the agricultural and forestry industries operating between these two towns," he says.

"The 4.5km long Perup section of the highway is the only remaining section with a 3.7 metre wide sealed surface. It is not wide enough for centre lines to be installed and vehicles are forced to drive partially on the unsealed shoulders when overtaking.

"This type of road environment increases the risk of a serious crash which can lead to significant social and economic costs to the Western Australian community."

O’Brien says the Brookton upgrade is part of the Government’s Safer Roads Program which is designed to improve road infrastructure to reduce safety risks.

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