News, Road upgrades, Western Australia

Two new sections of Albany Ring Road to open this week

Two major sections of the Albany Ring Road are about to open to traffic.

The new road will divert heavy vehicles around Albany, aiming to improve freight efficiency, reduce congestion and improve safety on existing local routes, including the Albany Highway.

The completed section of road between Albany Highway and South Coast Highway will open to traffic tomorrow (Wednesday March 27) and the new bridge connecting Hanrahan Road to Frenchman Bay Road will open on Thursday March 28.

The Albany Ring Road project is the biggest road project ever undertaken in the Great Southern region – delivering a free-flowing, 11-kilometre connection between Albany Highway and Princess Royal Drive, including three grade-separated interchanges at Albany Highway, South Coast Highway and Frenchman Bay Road.

“This is the largest infrastructure project ever undertaken in the Great Southern region and will provide a safe, efficient, free-flowing route for heavy vehicles accessing the port and remove those same vehicles from the local roads they’re currently using,” said WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.

“Removing heavy vehicles from the existing local network will improve safety on a number of key roads including Chester Pass Road, Albany Highway and South Coast Highway and enhance amenity for local residents and visitors alike.”

The entire Albany Ring Road is funded by the Australian and WA Governments and remains on track to open before the middle of the year.

The WA Government also announced in February it would fund works on a $37 million flyover at the intersection of Menang Drive and Chester Pass Road, with construction scheduled to commence later this year.

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