Coalfields Highway funding welcome, Holt
Author: Colin Holt
Published on: 26-May-2011
Nationals Member for the South West Region Colin Holt has welcomed the recent budget announcement by the State Government that has increased total funding for the Coalfields Highway to $25million following the approval of an additional $10.6million in the 2011-12 State Budget.
Mr Holt was pleased to see this announcement and to see the Government meeting an election promise.
“The one issue which is raised time and again by Collie locals and users of the Coalfields Highway is its condition. It is great to see the funding being allocated and promises being met. I have always tried to keep the highway on the Government agenda”
“Coalfields Highway is the main transport route servicing Collie and its surrounding industrial area in addition it provides vital links to tourism destinations within the South-West,”
“It is probably the most important industrial road in the South-West and this Government has a duty to reverse years of inaction by making the highway safer, and I am glad to see the Government starting to meet this duty,” said Mr Holt.
The Liberal-National Government has already spent about $7million on improvements and this budget provides a further $7.4million to finish works on the Collie to Allanson section and to start further upgrades between the Wellington Dam turn-off and Allanson.
The State Government has also approved the spending of $10.6 million in the 2012-2013 budget to bring the total commitment for Coalfields Highway to $25 million
Main Roads WA is currently developing plans for works which, depending on the timing of relevant approvals, could start later this year.
“Traffic volumes between Collie and the Worsley alumina refinery are increasing and currently run at almost 6,000 vehicles a day. Heavy vehicles make up 12 per cent of the traffic,” said Mr Holt
Mr Holt said that the increased investment will make the highway which has a history of fatal accidents safer, but drivers need to take some responsibility. As driver safety was the other side of the equation to make the Coalfields Highway safer.
“I just want to remind all users of the Coalfields highway to slow down and stay safe when driving. It is better to be safe than sorry”