Western Australia Minister for Transport Troy Buswell
Lights To Be Switched On At Eelup Roundabout
Victor P Taffa
- Improved safety and efficiency for 40,000 road users who use Eelup roundabout each day
- Upgrade completed on time and on budget
Western Australia’s first signalised traffic roundabout will soon be operational, with power to the traffic lights at the Eelup roundabout expected to be switched on by Monday.
Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the signalisation of the roundabout in Bunbury was part of the $16 Million Stage One upgrade to increase safety and efficiency at one of the worst crash sites in WA.
“Bunbury’s notorious Eelup roundabout will now be safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians with the addition of traffic signals, a third traffic lane and a slip lane for southbound traffic.” Mr. Buswell said.
The Minister said the Eelup roundabout had the highest number of crashes in Western Australia, with more than 650 crashes over the past five years, costing the community an estimated $11 Million.
“Once the signals are switched on, we expect to see a dramatic improvement in safety at this key regional intersection, which is used by about 40,000 each day.” Mr. Buswell said.
“This upgrade will also increase the roundabout’s capacity to cope with projected future traffic growth at the intersection.”
The signalisation project has been completed more than a month ahead of schedule.
Stage Two of the upgrade will involve construction of a flyover, with timing for this to be determined by traffic and residential growth, as well as construction of the Bunbury Outer Ring Road and further stages of the Port Access Road.
- There are four sets of traffic signals one on each approach to the roundabout which will be operational 24 hours a day
- All four sets will be co-ordinated to maximise the efficiency of traffic flowing through the roundabout
- A special long weekend phase has also been developed to help clear any traffic build-up efficiently
- The Eelup roundabout southbound traffic slip lane opened on October 27, 2011