York Merredin Road Improvements
We are undertaking safety improvement works along York Merredin Road by widening 64 kilometres between York and Quairading.
Construction will commence on York Merredin Road between Jacobs Well Road and Dulbelling North Road in September 2018. The works will take approximately three months to complete, with construction to be done in 2 km sections with a lane closure, between 7am and 6pm week days.
Scope of works
This project started in 2012/13, with widening along other sections of York Merredin Road, with the focus to improve safety and extend the road life. Audible edge and center lines are being installed in addition to the widening works. Works are being undertaken in 2 km stages with the final result improving driving conditions.
Environment and community
We place great value on the environment, historic and Aboriginal heritage values and aim to balance this with the need to ensure the safety of all road users.
The project scope has been amended to minimise clearing as we have made considerable effort to protect environmental features during project development, including:
Avoiding mature trees where it would not have an impact on the proposed safety improvement.
Where practical, widen one side only to minimise the environmental impact
Native species common to the area are being used to rehabilitate road batters, surplus land (including the existing road), various tracks, and materials pits.
An environmental offset included acquisition of 261 hectares of remnant vegetation.
Construction Reference Group (CRG) have been established to seek input to the project from the community. The CRG includes representatives from local government authorities, road users, landowners and community groups (resident associations and environmental groups), local businesses and emergency services.