Amelup Curves - Chester Pass Road (Albany Lake Grace Road)
Chester Pass Road is an important route for both local and regional traffic. It provides direct access for the grain and livestock industry and links the Wheatbelt to Albany's Regional Centre and key tourist attractions such as the Stirling and Porongorup Ranges.
In recent years, the Amelup section of Chester Pass Road has seen a number of incidents which can be attributed to its numerous curves and narrow lanes. In addition, there are currently two floodways through this section which close the road during storm events, causing significant disruption to ever-increasing local transport needs. The Amelup Curves project will address these issues by realigning the road, installing bridges and improving drainage.
In October 2017 the Amelup Curves Project was identified as one of 16 priority projects in the $55.25 million Regional Road Safety Package for Western Australia. From this, $11 million has been allocated in a joint Federal Government (80 per cent) and State Government (20 per cent) funding arrangement.
Following a competitive tender process, on 22 November 2017 the construction contract was awarded to Densford Civil and Marine & Civil joint venture.
Work commenced on 11 December 2017 and is expected to be completed in May.
- Realigning and widening 4.5 km of Chester Pass Road;
- Upgrading Sandalwood Road and Routs Road intersections; and
- Constructing bridges over Martaquin Creek and Ongarup Creek to reduce the severity of flood events and road closures.