The first phase of the Albany Ring Road project in Western Australia is now complete, with construction of the first level-separated interchange in the Deep South region completed.
The interchange is at Menang Drive and Albany Highway, with the ramps and bridge now open.
This project is part of the first phase of the $175 million Albany Ring Road project, which when completed will establish a seamless 11 km connection between the Albany Freeway and Princess Royal Drive.
It will improve freight efficiency and reduce congestion on existing routes, helping the industry to grow and supporting more jobs.
Western Australia Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the completion of the first phase of the Albany Perimeter Road is a positive step, which will improve traffic flow and safety at the Menang Drive intersection and Albany Highway.
“The Albany Ring Road will direct heavy vehicles away from downtown and residential areas, providing a greater opportunity for local businesses and improving commute times around the city,” Ms. Saffioti said.
“This project is intended to provide certainty to Port of Albany users, local businesses and the community by creating opportunities for growth.”
Construction of two more interchanges along the Albany Ring Road alignment, on the South Coast Highway and Frenchman Bay Road, began earlier this year.
Albany MLA Rebecca Stephens said, “It’s exciting to see that as a local member the road is really taking shape, supporting jobs and opportunities for local businesses.
“This is an important investment in our community that will support the growth of our regional economy.
As part of the interchange opening at Menang Drive and Albany Highway, temporary traffic signals that were put in place to support traffic during construction will be removed.
Over the next few months a comprehensive revegetation and landscaping program will begin, with 15 hectares of feature planting, pond mixes and road allowance planting added to the area around the interchange.
Additionally, planning is underway with the City of Albany and local Traditional Owners to develop attractive artwork for the walls of the bridge to enhance the area. It is expected that the chosen theme will also be adopted and used on two other bridges along the route.
The project is jointly funded by the Federal Government and the Government of Western Australia.