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WA regional roads to receive $89m safety upgrade

The Western Australian State Government will invest $89 million towards regional roads, including the Bunbury Outer Ring Road.

“This announcement includes a significant contribution to improving safety on regional roads where there are high instances of fatalities,” said WA Premier, Mark McGowan. “We will be working closely with regional communities to see where this money is most needed.”

According to the state government, planning for the Bunbury Outer Ring Road will receive $12.5 million to progress the design of the future project. The Outer Ring Road is intended to improve safety for road users and reduce freight and passenger vehicle congestion in Bunbury.

More importantly, the upgrades will also offer an efficient freight route, improving access to the Bunbury Port where truck access is impeded.

"This is a win for the whole of Western Australia, where freight, safety and congestion will be improved under this massive program of works,” said WA Transport Minister, Rita Saffioti.

"The Bunbury Outer Ring Road will improve safety around the port and have flow-on benefits for traffic congestion along Robertson Drive and parts of the Forrest and Bussell highways."

Meanwhile, another $44 million will be spent on road safety projects in Western Australia's regional areas, with another $33 million allocated for further work on the Outback Highway, pending the outcome of a strategic review of the route.

This funding will address road safety issues throughout WA and will be spent over the next three years, generating 280 jobs.

A detailed works program will be developed over the coming 12 months with delivery of projects in 2018-19.

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