Construction of the Albany Ring Road in Western Australia has entered its final stages, and is on track to be completed and open to road users before the middle of the year.
The completion of the Albany Ring Road project represents the delivery of a major Labor Government election commitment that will streamline traffic in the Great Southern region in WA.
With new bridges now in place at the South Coast Highway and Frenchman Bay Road interchanges, works are currently focused on construction of the road surface between Lancaster Road and Princess Royal Drive, along with installation of safety barriers, signs and road markings.
Upon completion, the project will establish a 11-kilometre free-flowing connection between Albany Highway and Princess Royal Drive, including three grade-separated interchanges at Albany Highway, South Coast Highway and Frenchman Bay Road.
The new road will divert heavy vehicles around Albany, improving eight efficiency, reducing congestion and improving safety on existing local routes including Albany Highway.
Transport Minister, Rita Saffioti, said the Albany Ring Road is the largest infrastructure project ever delivered in the Great Southern region and will provide a safe, efficient, free-flowing route for heavy vehicles accessing the port.
“Importantly, the project will also remove heavy vehicles from the existing network, improving safety on Chester Pass Road, Albany Highway and South Coast Highway, and enhancing amenity for local residents and visitors alike,” she said.
Over the coming months, completed sections of the Ring Road are expected to open incrementally and be connected to the existing road network.
This will begin with the section between the Albany Highway interchange and the South Coast Highway bridge in March.
WA Premier Roger Cook said the new interchange at Menang Drive and Chester Pass Road will allow the full benefits of the Ring Road project to be realised, improving freight efficiency and the competitiveness of exports from the Great Southern.
“The Albany Ring Road is a strategically important project, underpinning the long-term economic strength of the Port of Albany and supporting local jobs,” he said.