Albany Ring Road project on track to open before mid-2024

Albany Ring Road

Albany Ring Road, Western Australia,

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Construction for the Albany Ring Road project in Western Australia has entered the final stage, with the project on track to be completed and open to traffic before mid-2024.

  • Completion of the Albany Ring Road expected before middle of the year, delivering on a key Labor Government election commitment
  • Section between Albany Highway and South Coast Highway to open in March
  • Ring Road will significantly ease traffic congestion and improve road safety in Albany
  • Works on a $37 million flyover at Menang Drive and Chester Pass Road to commence later this year

The completion of the project represents the delivery of a major Labor Government election commitment, that will streamline traffic in the Great Southern.

With new bridges now in place at the South Coast Highway and Frenchman Bay Road interchanges, works are currently focused on construction of the road surface between Lancaster Road and Princess Royal Drive, along with installation of safety barriers, signs and road markings.

Over the coming months, completed sections of the Ring Road are expected to open incrementally and be connected to the existing road network. This will begin with the section between the Albany Highway interchange and the South Coast Highway bridge in March.

Upon completion, the project will establish an 11-kilometre free-flowing connection between Albany Highway and Princess Royal Drive, including three grade-separated interchanges at Albany Highway, South Coast Highway and Frenchman Bay Road.

The new road will divert heavy vehicles around Albany improving freight efficiency, reducing congestion and improving safety on existing local routes including Albany Highway.

The Cook Government has also confirmed construction of a new $37 million flyover at the intersection of Menang Drive and Chester Pass Road will begin in late 2024.

“My Government is delivering the infrastructure our regions need to support communities for the future,” says Western Australia Premier Roger Cook.

“The Albany Ring Road is a strategically important project, underpinning the long-term economic strength of the Port of Albany and supporting local jobs,” says Western Australia Premier Roger Cook.

“The new interchange at Menang Drive and Chester Pass Road will allow the full benefits of the Ring Road project to be realised, improving freight efficiency and the competitiveness of our exports from the Great Southern,” says Western Australia Premier Roger Cook.

The new flyover will maximise the efficiency of the Albany Ring Road route by providing free flowing access from Chester Pass Road all the way to the port. 

“The Albany Ring Road is the largest infrastructure project ever delivered in the Great Southern region and will provide a safe, efficient, free-flowing route for heavy vehicles accessing the port,” says Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.

“Importantly, the project will also remove heavy vehicles from the existing network, improving safety on Chester Pass Road, Albany Highway and South Coast Highway, and enhancing amenity for local residents and visitors alike,” says Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.

“The additional interchange at Menang Drive and Chester Pass Road will allow the final link in the Albany Ring Road connection to be delivered, complementing the other new interchanges at Albany Highway, South Coast Highway and Frenchman Bay Road,” says Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.

The existing intersection has a combined daily traffic volume exceeding 6,000 vehicles, of which 54 per cent are heavy vehicles.

The new flyover will make the westbound turning movement from Chester Pass Road to the Albany Ring Road (Menang Drive) free-flowing, removing the need for trucks to queue in the turning lane before making a right turn across oncoming northbound traffic.

“The project has invested approximately $50 million in local businesses, supporting jobs and further investment,” says Albany MLA Rebecca Stephens.

“Approximately $6 million has been spent on Aboriginal businesses and suppliers, while 10.5 per cent of the construction workforce hours have been completed by local Aboriginal people,” says Albany MLA Rebecca Stephens.

“The State Government’s commitment to deliver the additional flyover at Menang Drive and Chester Pass Road will continue the pipeline of local investment and support for our region,” says Albany MLA Rebecca Stephens.

Concept designs and initial site investigations for the new flyover are well-progressed and will continue during the first half of the year. Construction is expected to begin in late 2024, with the new interchange to open in 2025.

The Albany Ring Road project is jointly funded by the Australian and Western Australian Governments.

Source: © Government of Western Australia 2017 to 2024

Image Source: © Government of Western Australia 2017 to 2024

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