News, Road upgrades, Western Australia

$7.5 million in upgrades progress on WA highway

A $7.5 million suite of upgrades to this WA highway is on track to be completed by later this year.

Work on a new acceleration lane on Forrest Highway northbound at Binningup Road is currently underway. It will include a free-flow left-turn lane for northbound traffic entering Forrest Highway from Binningup Road. This will continue on to a dedicated 700-metre acceleration lane.

This follows the recently completed acceleration lane from Wellesley Road on Forrest Highway southbound. The new lane will enable motorists to reach appropriate speeds before safely merging with traffic already travelling along Forrest Highway.

“Our government is aware of the demands experienced in our South West and Peel regions during peak tourism periods, and we are cognisant of the impact this has on our roads,” said Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.

“We have already completed the construction of an acceleration lane from Wellesley Road to Forrest Highway southbound, to cater for the increasing number of heavy vehicles exiting the area east of the highway.”

The WA government announced the $7.5 million in upgrades to Forrest Highway back in 2021. Along with the new acceleration lanes, these will include intersection improvements too.

The current project will also include new line marking, lighting and signage. Completion is expected by late November 2023.

Planning is also underway for another northbound acceleration lane from Forestry Road and Preston Beach Road, as well as intersection improvements at Forrest Highway and Myalup Beach Road. These additional works are expected to be completed in late 2024.

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