The Albany Ring Road has secured a $140 million commitment from the Federal Government.
Federal Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson said he was proud to deliver the most important project for Albany since he was elected in 2013.
“This has been identified by the City of Albany as the most important piece of infrastructure for Albany and it was was identified by The RAC as one of the worst sections of road in WA.
“I have worked very hard in Canberra to secure a commitment from my Government so I’m pleased all that hard work has paid off and I have secured $140 million to ensure the project goes ahead,” Mr Wilson said.
“The Ring Road will change the way we move around our region and benefit the entire community.
“We are acting now and are committed to a better road for both passenger and freight vehicles.
“This investment is about getting on with delivering the critical infrastructure that regional Western Australia needs.”
The investment will see the remaining stages of the project constructed between George Street and Princess Royal Drive, and from the Albany Highway to the Lower Denmark Road via the Link Road/George Street alignment.
The announcement was a key part of a WA Infrastructure package unveiled by the Prime Minister Scott Morrison as part of the 2019-20 Federal Budget.
This included $1.6 billion in new road and rail investments to bust congestion and ensure people across WA get home sooner and safer.
The additional funding for WA builds upon the existing $9.81 billion worth of commitments to West Australian road and rail infrastructure, including $4.8 billion over the past two Budgets.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said this year’s Budget would lock in further federal support for crucial infrastructure projects across regional WA.
“The upcoming Budget will continue the Government’s firm commitment to ensuring Western Australia gets its fair share of infrastructure funding now and into the future,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.
“We are prioritising investment in the major projects needed to better support regional areas, ease congestion and reduce the terrible impact of road trauma by delivering safer roads.”
While the funding has been set aside in the Federal Budget, the project hinges on the State Government submitting the business case to Infrastructure Australia.
“I have put in the work to secure this massive funding commitment for Albany, now it is up to the State Labor Minister to finish the job and get the long overdue business case complete,” Mr Wilson said.