Investment In Margaret River By-Pass Road Approved

Investment In Margaret River By-Pass Road Approved

Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Terry Redman

Western Australia Minister for Transport Dean Nalder

Green Light For Margaret River Perimeter Road

Victor P Taffa

  • More than $58 Million for the Margaret River Perimeter Road
  • Stage 2 involves the construction of 5.2 km of road which will allow heavy vehicles to bypass the town centre

The final section of the Margaret River Perimeter Road will go ahead following a multi-million dollar commitment by the State Government.

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said a total of $58.26 Million for the project would be drawn from the Royalties for Regions-funded Growing our South initiative.

“The main street of Margaret River is a dedicated heavy haulage route, carrying an average of 830 heavy vehicles through the town centre every day.” Mr. Redman said.

“Not only is this a safety hazard, it also detracts from the amenity of the town and its reputation as an international tourism destination. Completion of the perimeter road will get the trucks off the main street and will allow for improvements to the town centre which until now have not been possible.”

Stage 1 of the perimeter road, a 1.8 km section from the Bussell Highway, south of the town, to Rosa Brook Road, was opened to traffic in May this year.

Stage 2 will involve the construction of the final 5.2 km section north from Rosa Brook Road to the Bussell Highway north of the Margaret River townsite, allowing heavy vehicles to bypass the town centre.

Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the Margaret River Perimeter Road initiative would improve road safety in the area.

“The perimeter road will divert regional commuter traffic, particularly heavy vehicles, around the town in the safest, most efficient way.” Mr. Nalder said.

“The project will also include the construction of a new traffic and pedestrian bridge across the Margaret River, and another 2.2 km of road connecting John Archibald Drive to the perimeter road.”

WA Minister for Transport Dean Nalder

WA Minister for Transport Dean Nalder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Main Roads WA is expected to call for tenders for stage two in late 2016, with construction scheduled to begin in early 2017.  The project is likely to take about 14 months to complete.”

The Growing our South initiative is a $600 Million Royalties for Regions fund dedicated to the South-West, Great Southern, Wheatbelt and Peel regions. Other projects funded through the initiative include the upgrades to the Busselton-Margaret River Regional Airport and the replacement of the Old Traffic Bridge in Mandurah.