​South Coast Highway Road Safety Improvements

  • Safety improvement works including widening, sealed shoulders and construction of 3 passing lanes between Albany and Jerramungup
  • Mead Road works finalised in June 2019, Kalgan works are due to commence in January 2020 and Kojaneerup sections are currently under development
  • Improve road safety, reduce travel times

 

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Overview

South Coast Highway is the major west-east inter-regional route and the sole freight and tourism route from the Eastern States to the Great Southern. As a strategic freight route, it carries large amounts of freight to the ports of Albany and Esperance.

A staged program of road safety improvements is planned for the next three years, addressing the potential for road run-off crashes and driver fatigue, caused by the width and geometry of the road.

Works will include:

Mead Road Passing Lane - Finalised June 2019

  • Widening the existing pavement from 7 metres to 11 metres from Kilarney Road to Montgomery Winery, including a 2 metre sealed shoulder in each direction.
  • Construction of a westbound passing lane between Killarney Road and Montgomery’s Winery, approximately 2.5 kilometres west of Kalgan River Bridge.

Kalgan Overlay and Widening – Finalising development – Planned commencement January 2020

  • Widening the existing pavement from 7 metres to 11 metres from Montgomery Winery to the Kalgan Bridge, including a 1 metre sealed shoulder in each direction.

Kojaneerup - Currently under development

  • Two 3.5 metre sealed lanes
  • Two 2 metre sealed shoulders providing a total seal width of 11 metres and a total pavement width of 11 metres
  • Drainage improvements
  • Installation of guard rails and kerbing
  • 2 x Passing lanes

This section of work will encompass 10km between Bluff Creek Road and Kojaneerup West Road, including an eastbound and westbound passing lane.

Project Update

Kalgan and Kojaneerup works are in development and anticipated to commence in 2019-2020, subject to environmental approvals.

Environment

South Coast Highway passes through farmlands, regional parks and nature reserves, each carrying varying degrees of environmental controls.

State and Federal Government environmental approvals for the Kalgan and Kojaneerup works are currently being prepared.

Funding

At the 2017 State Election, the State Government committed $30m in funding for upgrades between Albany and Jerramungup.

 

​Benefits

  • A wider, safer road with improved sight lines
  • Additional passing opportunities
  • Potentially reduced travel times
  • Sealed shoulders, reducing maintenance costs and 'run off road' accidents

 

​Timeline

  • February 2019: Mead Road works commenced
  • June 2019: Mead Road works completed
  • January 2020: Kalgan and Kojaneerup sections - anticipated commencement
  • October 2020 Kojaneerup section - aniticipated commencement
Last Updated: 16 October 2019