Eelup Roundabout Works On Track

Eelup Roundabout Works On Track

Western Australia Minister for Transport Troy Buswell

More Work At Eelup Roundabout In 2012

Victor P Taffa

  • Work on traffic signals at Eelup roundabout to start in early 2012
  • Construction of a third lane in the roundabout

The $16 Million upgrade of Bunbury’s Eelup traffic roundabout will recommence in the New Year with remaining works to signalise the intersection.

Transport Minister Troy Buswell said Fulton Hogan Pty Ltd was awarded a $5.9 Million contract to undertake the full signalisation and construct a third lane within the roundabout to increase vehicle capacity.

“This work follows the completion of the free left slip lane in October 2011, ahead of the CHOGM weekend.” Mr. Buswell said.

“Traffic volumes are increasing at the roundabout, which has the highest number of crashes in Western Australia, so it is fantastic that the slip lane enables southbound traffic to avoid the roundabout all together.”

“The upgrade works will reduce crashes at the Eelup roundabout as well as increase its capacity to cope with the projected future traffic growth at the intersection.”

The roundabout will have traffic signals on all four approaches which will be co-ordinated to maximise efficient traffic flow.

The signalisation option fits well with the ultimate future upgrade of the site which will incorporate a flyover.

Fulton Hogan declared during the contract tendering process it would source regional goods and services to the value of $3.8 Million.

“This will provide a boost to South-West suppliers and reflects the value of the State Government’s ‘buy local’ policy.” the Minister said. 

Fact File

  • Works will be carried out from January 2012 to June 2012
  • The roundabout carries 40,000 vehicles per day
  • In the past five years, there have been 650 crashes costing the community an estimated $11 Million