Western Australia Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti
Margaret River Perimeter Road Open In Time For Christmas And New Year 2019
Victor P Taffa
- $33 Million project to improve safety and remove freight traffic from CBD
- Stage 2 of Margaret River Perimeter Road now connected to Rosa Brook intersection
- Reduced travel times and improved traffic flow on Bussell Highway
Road users travelling to and from Margaret River will now have access to the new 7-km perimeter road, opened just in time for the Christmas/New Year period.
Margaret River Perimeter Road project extends from Airport Access Road north of Margaret River, linking back to Bussell Highway south of Margaret River.
“Road user safety is a priority for the State Government. The completion of the Margaret River Perimeter Road means an alternative route for heavy vehicles around the town of Margaret River and, in turn, reduced congestion in the town centre.” Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said.
“Importantly, the Shire of Augusta Margaret River can now commence the renewal of the main street of this popular tourist town, which attracts many local, interstate and overseas visitors each year.”
It will greatly improve safety and reduce congestion in and around the town. The high-standard, free-flowing route will also improve efficiencies for heavy vehicles which have been travelling through the town of Margaret River for many years.
Second stage spans 5.2 km and features major roundabouts at the northern end of the project and at Rosa Brook Road. Additional intersections have been constructed at Airport Access Road, John Archibald Drive and Rosa Brook Road (east).
It also includes a 96-metre road bridge, a separate footbridge on the Darch Trail and a 2.5-metre sealed shoulder on the perimeter road for cyclists.
A number of key sustainability initiatives were deployed for this stage of the project, which include reusing site materials for drainage, landscaping and rock protection around bridges.
In addition, gravel sources north and south of the town were utilised to avoid carting through the town’s main street, reducing haulage costs, congestion and vehicle emissions.
Final works to complete the second stage will be carried out early in 2019.
Stage 1 of this project was completed in May 2015, bringing the total funding for the perimeter road to $47.6 Million.