Mar 19, 2012

Albany Ring Road: planning to begin soon on stages 2 & 3

Following my visit last Friday to the electorate of O’Connor at the invitation of local MP Tony Crook, the Federal Labor Government has agreed to cover half the $1 million cost of completing the planning and detailed work on the remaining two stages of the Albany Ring Road.

Completion of the ring road would improve the movement of freight into and out of the Port, provide better access to the Mirambeena Industrial Estate, take trucks and cars off local streets, and deliver safer, less-congested driving conditions along the Albany and South Coast highways.

See the attached map for more details about the proposed alignment of Stages 2 and 3 on the city’s outskirts between the Albany Highway and Hanrahan Road.

The balance of the required planning money will come from the Western Australian Government, with funding for construction to be considered as part of future budgets once this work has been completed and accurate costings obtained.

The ring road’s first stage was fast-tracked and built by the former Gallop Labor Government to support the region’s rapidly expanding plantation woodchip industry, giving exporters more direct access to the Port as well as the chip mills at Mirambeena.

All up, the Federal Labor Government is investing $3.7 billion over six years to modernise and extend Western Australia’s road and rail infrastructure, almost double what the former Howard Government spent over a similar period of time.

Map of Albany Ring Road