Safety upgrades completed on Rosa Glen Road

Shire CEO Stephanie Addison Brown and Coordinator Works Neale Pike.
Shire CEO Stephanie Addison Brown and Coordinator Works Neale Pike.

Major upgrade have been completed by the Augusta Margaret River Shire to Rosa Glen Road, improving safety and access to the popular tourist, school bus and heavy vehicle network ahead of winter.

Works began in December after a consultation period and the appropriate clearing and heritage permits were obtained, and focussed on a 2.6km stretch from 8.9 SLK to 11.5 SLK.

Shire Coordinator Works Neale Pike said the new upgrades had improved commercial access to vineyards, dairies and other farms as well as tourism access to wineries and restaurants.

"The works involved widening the 3.5m road to 6.5m, installing gravel shoulders and removing roadside hazard trees, limbs and redundant old drainage pipes," he said.

"These upgrades will improve safety and access, not only for locals who live and work along the road, but for everyone who uses it on a regular basis."

Mr Pike thanked local farmer Richard Noakes, who supported the upgrades by allowing the Shire to store road construction materials and vehicles, and provided a suitable location on his property for redundant spoil removed from the new drains.

The works, which also involved the strengthening of the road's subgrade and subbase where an existing spring popped up directly beneath the road, were completed in January.