Stage 2 of the South Coast Highway upgrade is set to begin in February 2017 with Transport Minister Bill Marmion setting a final date for the public tenders that will see a contract awarded for the construction works.
Transport Minister Bill Marmion revealed that the final date for tenders to be submitted is November 30th.
South Coast Highway is one of three major arterial transport heavy haulage routes into the port of Albany for the agro-forestry, agriculture and mining industries, and is currently undergoing stage 1 works.
Minsiter Marmion spoke of the project and its estimated economical effect on the local region.
South Coast Highway is a major east-west inter-regional route connecting Ravensthorpe, Boxwood Hill, Jerramungup and Esperance through to Albany," Mr Marmion said.
"This project will include a 2.5 kilometre realignment of the highway, directly adjacent to the Cheynes Beach Road intersection, resulting in improved road safety and shorter travel times.
"Project works are also expected to generate about 30 jobs."
Deputy Premier and Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey revealed that the project will be funded under the Road Trauma Trust Account.
"The existing curve to the east of Cheynes Beach Road has been the site of numerous road train rollovers in the past decade, due to its tight bend and limited seal width," Ms Harvey said.
"The project will enable the bitumen seal to be widened from six to nine metres, improving safety for all road users travelling on this section of the highway."
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