Western Australia Minister for Transport Troy Buswell
Eelup slip lane to open ahead of long weekend
Victor P Taffa
- Eelup roundabout southbound traffic slip lane to open October 27
- First step in $16 Million upgrade to one of WA’s worst black spots
Motorists heading south for the October long weekend will experience fewer delays at Bunbury’s notorious Eelup roundabout, with the opening of a $1.7 Million slip lane.
Transport Minister Troy Buswell said work on the slip lane was completed this week.
It forms the first step in the roundabout’s $16 Million upgrade Stage 1 of the overall Eelup Project, which will eventually include a flyover.
“Completion of the $1.7 Million slip lane means that southbound traffic no longer needs to enter the Eelup roundabout, and can essentially avoid what has been one of the State’s worst black spots,” Mr Buswell said.
“The slip lane was built on time and with minimal impact on traffic, which is a great achievement, given that about 40,000 vehicles use the roundabout every day.”
“We expect a large number of vehicles to use the slip lane, particularly this weekend, and over the busy summer holiday period.”
The Eelup roundabout has the highest number of crashes in Western Australia, with more than 650 crashes over the past five years, at an estimated cost of $11 Million.
The next stage of the upgrade is the full signalisation of the roundabout. Tenders for the signal work closed last week and work is scheduled to start in early 2012 and take about five months to complete.
- Traffic signals to improve safety at one of WA’s worst crash sites