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Port Albany access improvements coming for transport operators

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Grade-separated interchanges at several key intersections will form part of the Albany Ring Road upgrades approved to reduce congestion for freight operators using Port Albany.

The project announced yesterday by the Western Australian Government is being projected to unlock new economic opportunities to the west of the city by opening up the area through a high quality road connection.

Construction of the $175 million Albany Ring Road will begin in September, following news that Western Australian company Decmil Southern Pty Ltd had been named preferred proponent to deliver the project.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Albany Ring Road is a critical piece of infrastructure that will underpin the economic success of the Great Southern Region for years to come.

"The Australian Government has contributed $140 million to this project, which will improve safety for everyone travelling through the region, including tourists and freight drivers," he said.

"This project will improve connections between major freight infrastructure including airports and commercial and industrial areas, creating more economic opportunities for this crucial region," said McCormack.

The project is expected to be completed by 2023 and will link the existing major roads and highways radiating from Albany by bypassing urban areas.

A new interchange at Albany Highway and Menang Drive commences the first phase of the project as detailed designs for the second phase of undergo approval over the following 12 months.

Construction is subject to environmental approvals according to McCormack.

"This is yet another example of the Australian Government continuing to roll out our $100 billion nationwide infrastructure pipeline, of which over half is earmarked for regional projects, supporting jobs and communities at a time when it's needed the most," he said.

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