THE State Government is hoping work will start in December on an eastbound overtaking lane at a notorious stretch of the Princes Highway at Greenwald.
Member for South-West Coast Denis Napthine announced the $2.9 million, 1.7 kilometre project on Friday.
The overtaking lane will stretch from the bottom of the Greenwald hill and end on the straight stretch at the top of the hill.
It is expected to take 12 months to complete.
Dr Napthine said the Greenwald development was the most expensive and by far the most desperately needed of the six overtaking lanes announced by the Coalition since it won government in 2010.
“We have had to hold off on this announcement because there was a fair bit of land acquisition involved … that has now been finalised,” he said.
“It is also costly because of the nature of the terrain.”
With about 1300 vehicles using the stretch of road each day, including about 15 per cent commercial vehicles, Dr Napthine said the eastbound overtaking lane at Greenwald would greatly improve traffic safety.
“I attended a transport forum in Hamilton a few years ago and this section of highway was identified by the operators as the most frustrating,” he said.
Read more in Monday’s edition of the Portland Observer.