Important freight route gets $5.8m upgrade

Work to begin on long overdue upgrades to WA freight route linking regional port of Albany and rural agricultural areas

November 9, 2010

Work will begin next month on upgrades to a key Western Australian freight route at Albany to improve traffic flow and safety.

Transport Minister Simon O’Brien has unveiled a $5.8 million package to revitalise the route, which he says has been long overdue for repairs.

A 5.67km stretch of Chester Pass Road through the Stirling Range National Park will be rebuilt and widened to provide two 3.5 metre traffic lanes, a half metre sealed shoulder and a 1.5 metre sealed shoulder.

"The work is being undertaken to improve road safety and traffic flow to an essential link between the regional port of Albany and the rural agricultural area to its north," O’Brien says.

"This is an important freight route that has been recognised by the State Government as being in need of long overdue improvements."

Road drainage structures will also be replaced, while the tourist parking bay will be upgraded.

The work is scheduled to start next month and expected to be completed by March 2011.

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