Brand Highway works resume at dangerous Geraldton intersection

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A roadside floral tribute to Armando Trimocha Jnr at the corner of Barrett Drive and Brand Highway in Wandina.
Camera IconA roadside floral tribute to Armando Trimocha Jnr at the corner of Barrett Drive and Brand Highway in Wandina. Credit: Geoff Vivian/Geraldton Guardian

Works have resumed at a dangerous intersection on a main Geraldton highway, with their expected completion date pushed back to the end of this month.

Main Roads WA spokesperson said the contractor was only able to undertake minor works on site for the last month due to the wet weather experienced in July and the beginning of August.

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“This weather has delayed the sealing/asphalt work, which is the next major milestone for the project,” he said.

“Work recommenced two weeks ago and in anticipation that the fine weather continues, sealing and asphalt works will commence shortly.”

The work is now expected to be completed by late September.

Construction started in February this year after 28-year-old Tarcoola Beach man Armando Trimocha Jr died in a motorcycle crash at the intersection in 2020.

The $2 million works funded by the State Government’s black-spot program were ordered to reduce the likelihood and severity of crashes, restricting right turns into and out of Barrett Drive from Brand Highway.

The project was expected to be completed by July. Part of Barrett Drive has been closed until project completion, with detours in place and a single alternate lane marked out by traffic cones on Brand Highway.

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