South Coast Highway

South Coast Highway links the City of Albany and the town of Esperance, providing an important freight transport corridor servicing the ports of Albany and Esperance.

It is a major east-west inter-regional route that connects Ravensthorpe, Boxwood Hill, Jerramungup and Esperance through to Albany.

In a joint statement issued in November 2016, the Transport and Road Safety Minister announced a $5 million funding commitment to implement road safety improvements along the Pfeiffer Road to Cheynes Beach Road section of South Coast Highway.

The work is scheduled to occur in two stages with Stage One works completed in May 2017.

​Latest news

Construction of Stage Two (Cheynes East) works commenced on 8 January and are expected to be completed by the end of April. These works will involve the reconstruction and realignment of 2.25 kilometres of South Coast Highway around the Cheynes Beach Road intersection and will increase route safety and productivity.

Scope of works

Pfieffer Road to Cheynes Beach Road - Stage One - COMPLETED

  • Works involved the full reconstruction and realignment of a 4 km section of South Coast Highway from Pfeiffer Road to Cheynes Beach Road. This included widening the pavement width from 6 to 11 metres to provide 3.5 metre wide lanes, plus a two metre sealed shoulder in both directions.

Cheynes East - Stage Two

This section has significant pavement defects and a very tight curve, which has been the site of numerous truck rollover incidents. Vegetation clearing was completed in early 2017 and works were on hold over the winter months. Works on this section recommenced on 8 January.

  • Stage Two will continue reconstructing and realigning a further 2.25 kilometres of South Coast Highway to the same standard as the previous Stage One works.
  • Works will involve full pavement reconstruction and a major realignment to remove the existing curve. The road will also be widened to 11 metres, which will provide two 3.5 metre sealed shoulders.


Image: Looking east in what will be the westbound lane taken 28 February 2018

Click to enlargeImage: Aerial view of the South Coast highway / Cheynes Beach Road intersection realignment taken 23 March 2018


​Key benefits

  • Improved road safety
  • Shorter travel times


​Key dates

Stage One - Completed May 2017

Stage Two - Construction commenced 8 January 2018

Scheduled completion - April 2018


Last Updated: 27 March 2018