2023/24 Budget Report – Fisheries Rd Project

Published on Wednesday, 10 July 2024 at 2:12:46 PM

The Fisheries Road Project, spanning approx. 120km from Esperance to Condingup, will provide a wider and more forgiving road environment. Once completed the road will have sealed shoulders and audio tactile line marking. 

This Project is funded by the State Government Regional Road Safety Program, Black Spot Mass Action Treatment. This program finances low cost safety upgrades, that have a hugely positive impact on the rate of motor accidents, injuries and deaths. The safety treatments seal road shoulders and install audible edge lines (rumble strips), giving drivers more room and time to react and regain control if their vehicle leaves their lane, and warning drivers if they start drifting off the road. Fisheries Road was chosen as suitable for the Program as a heavily used route for both the agricultural industry and tourists.

Research by the Curtin-Monash Accident Research Centre found sealing road shoulders and installing audible edge lines were highly effective overall, significantly reducing crash rates by up to 58 per cent and casualty crashes by up to 79 per cent. The Shire of Esperance is proud to be a part of this safety initiative.

Our dedicated Shire Road Crews haven’t just been resting on their laurels with this Project, however; over the last financial year they also worked hard to construct and reconstruct 54.50km of sealed roads, and resheeted 134.39km of gravel roads. This includes major works along Myrup Road to reconstruct and widen the carriageway to 10m, seal shoulders and complete important drainage work.

‘Local Roads’ were identified as a top community priority for the Shire to focus on through the 2023 Community Scorecard, with sentiment expressed that rural roads need to be built to carry heavy vehicles, be safe for all road users, and remain stable during high rainfall events. The resources assigned by our Council to achieve these outcomes demonstrates their commitment to achieving the wishes of our regional community.


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