New traffic roundabouts to ease congestion at the popular South-West tourist destination
Major works completed ahead of schedule, under budget and before the Christmas holiday period
Local residents and visitors to Dunsborough will enjoy safer access to the town from this summer with the opening of two new traffic roundabouts today.
Transport Minister Troy Buswell opened the roundabouts at the intersections of Caves Road and Cape Naturaliste Road, and Cape Naturaliste Road and Dunn Bay Road, saying the number of crashes previously recorded on the road network should now reduce.
Works began in August and are largely completed ahead of the December timeframe. Landscaping works will be completed in the cooler autumn weather.
“Anyone who has visited Dunsborough and surrounding areas during summer understands just how busy the road network is,” Mr Buswell said.
“The new roundabouts will make it easier and safer to enter and leave Dunsborough, and road users can expect fewer delays with two more efficient intersections.
“The roundabouts will improve traffic flow and also addresses community concerns about the number of vehicle crashes at the intersections. This project will tidy up the area to make a strong entry statement to Dunsborough, as well as encourage traffic to slow down as it enters the town site.”
The Minister praised local resident Mark Goodlet, who was a strong advocate for the roundabout project.
“Special thanks goes to all businesses, particularly the Shell Garage and Chicken Treat, for their co-operation and patience during the works, which have been completed in time for the summer school holidays and the Christmas-new year period,” Mr Buswell said.
No business access was compromised or lost during the delivery of this project.
About 5,000 vehicles per day use the Caves Road/Cape Naturaliste Road in Dunsborough
In the 7 years to December 2012, there were 48 reported crashes at the intersection. 30 of these were right-turn-through crashes and 13 rear-end. While there were no fatalities, 9 people were hospitalised and 13 received minor medical attention
A 0.5ha of land was cleared to make way for the roundabout. Most of the land was considered highly degraded with no rare flora
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