The contract to deliver the third and final stage of the $30 million South Coast Highway Upgrade in Western Australia has been awarded to local contractor, Ertech Pty Ltd.
The South Coast Highway Upgrade has been delivered through a staged approach with stage one and two already complete.
The Previous stages included:
Stage 1 – Completed June 2019
This stage included the Mead Road Section which involved widening the pavement from 7 to 11 metres between Kilarney Road and Monty's Leap Winery and constructing a westbound passing lane approximately 2.5 kilometres west of Kalgan River Bridge. These works were completed by construction firm, Densford Civil.
Stage 2 – Completed April 2020
Stage two included works on the Kalgan section which involved the widening the pavement from 7 to 11 metres between Monty's Leap Winery and the Kalgan River Bridge.
Stage 3 – Commencing May 2021
The contract Ertech Pty Ltd has won will include road reconstruction, building two new passing lanes and road widening works along the section of the South Coast Highway between Bluff Creek and Kojaneerup.
All up the entire South Coast Highway Upgrade will support up to 150 direct and indirect jobs during the construction phase.
Member for Albany, Peter Watson commented that the completion of this project would provide safer travel for commuters.
"The construction of the passing lanes will benefit many commuters, given the area experiences a mix of tourist traffic and heavy vehicles.
"Completion of the third stage – and the overall program – will provide safer travelling opportunities, and improved transport efficiencies for everyone in our Great Southern Region," Albany MLA Peter Watson said.
Western Australian Transport Minister, Rita Saffioti also commented that not only will commuters benefit but local contractors too.
"Improvements along South Coast Highway are taking shape, creating local jobs and opportunities for local businesses.
"This is just part of a job-creating, road upgrades package worth almost $220 million we have rolled out across the Great Southern Region.
"As well as upgrading South Coast Highway, we have also started works on the long-awaited Albany Highway as well as $13 million being spent to upgrade sections of Albany Highway."
Ertech Pty Ltd will commence construction of stage 3 this month with an expected finish date of May 2021.
Source: Media Statement