Final stretch of Albany Ring Road officially open

The final section of the Albany Ring Road in Western Australia has officially been opened, meaning the project in the state’s south is now complete.

Construction was finalised this week, with the final part of the road between the South Coast Highway and Hanrahan Road/Frenchman Bay Road open to traffic as of Sunday, May 19.

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The WA government says it will offer safer roads for motorists and quicker journeys for road freight, diverting heavy vehicles around Albany with a key connection to the port.

“It is wonderful to see the Albany Ring Road, a critical project for Western Australia’s Great Southern region, become fully operational,” says federal transport minister Catherine King.

“This project is safeguarding the long-term viability and efficiency of the Port of Albany by providing free‑flowing road access.

“This will ultimately improve competitiveness of exports from the region.”

Significant road traffic increases during harvest season will be addressed with the opening of the road, removing the trucks going to and from the port from local roads.

The WA government says the project has invested approximately $54 million in Great Southern businesses, supporting local jobs and contracting opportunities, with $6.4 million spent on Aboriginal businesses.

“The Albany Ring Road is a once-in-a-generation project for the Great Southern region, providing a free-flowing freight connection around the city and taking heavy vehicles off existing routes,” state transport minister Rita Saffioti says.

“The issue of heavy vehicles having to use local roads to access the port has long been a concern, which is why our government made this commitment to the people of Albany and the Great Southern.

“Removing heavy vehicles from the existing local network will improve safety on Chester Pass Road, Albany Highway and South Coast Highway and enhance amenity for local residents and visitors alike.

“The new ring road will support the future economic growth of Albany and the Great Southern region by making truck movements to and from the Port of Albany as efficient as possible.”

The WA government has also committed funding for a new flyover at the intersection of Menang Drive and Chester Pass Road.

It says it will maximise the efficiency of the Albany Ring Road route by providing free-flowing access from Chester Pass Road all the way to the port.

The $225 million project has been jointly funded by the state and federal Governments, with the federal government contributing $173 million, including an additional $33 million added in the 2024-25 federal budget.

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