The main streets of Pinjarra will soon be safer thanks to a $22 million investment by the Morrison Government to build the Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Deviation.
Member for Canning Andrew Hastie campaigned for the Deviation for many months in Canberra, including meetings with the Deputy Prime Minister in his capacity as the Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development. Mr Hastie hailed the funding as a major win for Pinjarra and the Peel region.
“Over 690 trucks drive down the main street of Pinjarra every day,” Mr Hastie said. “As our region continues to grow that number will rise. If we had done nothing Pinjarra’s roads would be at capacity, causing serious congestion and increasing the likelihood of a bad accident.
“The deviation will get heavy vehicles out of the CBD, making Pinjarra safer for locals. It will also increase the productivity of local industry. Trucks will no longer have to slow down and wait for lights as they pass through town.”
The funding comes as part of the Morrison Government’s additional $1.6 billion investment announced this week for critical infrastructure across Perth and regional Western Australia.
It builds upon the existing $9.81 billion worth of commitments to West Australian road and rail infrastructure.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said this year’s Budget would lock in further federal support for crucial infrastructure projects across regional WA.
“The upcoming Budget will continue the Liberal and Nationals Government’s firm commitment to ensuring Western Australia gets its fair share of infrastructure funding now and into the future,” the Prime Minister said.
“We are prioritising investment in the major projects needed to better support regional areas, ease congestion in and around Perth and reduce the terrible impact of road trauma by delivering safer roads.”